Friday, January 21, 2011

Inspiration Avenue Challenge

I love the challenges at Inspiration Avenue. This week the question was "What is your favorite month?"

Well, regular readers of my blog probably know that since it also fits "my" color - it's October! I love that month - the warm colors of the changing leaves, crisp nights but still warm and sunny days, the abundance of tomatoes on the vine, the changing vineyards and the red wine, and last but not least, the best and funniest holiday, Halloween. For me it's the best month in the year, the one I always look forward to.

I haven't worked on canvas for some time, so I tried it again for this challenge. At the beginning I wasn't too excited, but the further I got the more I liked it. I painted the gessoed canvas with acrylic paint and "stamped" with differently sized bubblewrap using acrylic paint as well. I found these three autumn poems by Keats, Wordsworth and Brydgers in an old book that I had bought at a yard sale, tore the poems out and edged them with Distress Ink. Some foam stamps by Creative Imaginations decorate three corners and stamp the word "October" - it didn't show very well, so I outlined the letters with charcoal pen. Finished with a matted photo that I took last - well, October of course. I actually am very happy with the finished product because I think it shows what it is - October!

9 comments:

Yvonne said...

Really beautiful, Carola!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I love all the different techniques you used- and the result is VERY October!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very pretty and very much in the feeling of October. Lovely!

Molly said...

I just LOVE it! One of these days I am going to try my hand at a mixed media piece.

Msartist said...

Lovely post & I love how your mixed media piece conveys October. ~Happy creating, Theresa

Magpie said...

I new this was October before I even saw the word! It conveys October beautifully!

Judy Goddard said...

Beautiful! Both the image and the sentiment!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The background on this piece is nearly as stunning as the photo. This is gorgeous and perfect for the IA Challenge.

artangel said...

This is great - the colors are just right for October and I love the addition of the autumn poems!