What we love, cherish, wish for. What the highlights of 2017 have been.
(Suggested by Bev Baird)

Update : We are now keeping Themes for a WHOLE MONTH

Friday, December 1, 2017

December is here!

December is here - a new month and the last one of 2017.

Let's share the highlights of our year, what we love, what we cherish, what we are wishing for, for now and for the year ahead.

Let's have lots of sharing - as a way to get to know one another.

And decisions need to be made - about where this challenge blog is to go and what everyone expects from it.
I have had little response to what themes could be for 2018 or if there is really much interest in moving forward.
Let me know please - in the comments or to my email address.

Friday, November 3, 2017

A few People and their Conversations. By Penny Stewart.

I seem to do a lot of people talking. Conversations. 

"Can't talk now. Too busy eating. Mouth full of food."
Watercolor and pen on paper.

"Attitude. It's all about attitude!"
Acrylic on paper.

"Lean on Me. It's all uphill from here."
9x6 acrylic on paper

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New Theme for November

Hard to believe - but Hallowe'en is over and we have now started November.

November's theme is "People and their Imaginary Conversations".
(This was suggested by Elaine Pang and Lynn Cohen)

If you love cartoons this could be the perfect theme. Politics now just asks for cartoons!
If you want to practice faces, it works as well.

I'd love to see many of you taking part.
We seem to be almost at a standstill - any suggestions for improving turnout??

Saturday, September 30, 2017

New Theme for October

It will be October 1st tomorrow - hard to believe how quickly September (and summer!) has sped by.
Now it is fall, with new holidays and activities to enjoy.
October's theme is: Camping/Hiking, as suggested by Elaine Pang.

What have you observed while camping or hiking?
I hope the theme inspires you and that you interpret it and make it your own.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:
You might:

*Focus on fall foliage during a hike.

*Remember a favourite place you visited while camping or hiking.

*Imagine a place you'd like to take a hike.

Have fun, enjoy the theme and be sure to share!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New September theme

Today marks the end of August and summer vacation for children. Has the past few months ever sped by.
Our new theme for September is "Festivals and Markets"
What festivals or markets have you attended?

Here are a few ideas to spark some inspiration:

*what was your favourite festival as a child?

*do you have outdoor markets in your city?

*check your town's website and look for fall festivals. have some fun visiting.

*Check out a book from the library about other festivals around the world.

As always, interpret this theme as you wish. The most important thing is to have fun and create what makes you happy. Lets all take part this month!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Every summer I set my amaryllis out in the flower bed until fall.  What a surprise when one had a bud.  It has had 4 blossoms out of season.  Is it confused?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Choosing the reference photo.

My daughter took a photo of our garden and the bunny rabbit "scare crow" we have to ward off birds, etc. Then she "colored" it somehow in a program. I have no idea how she did that. But it is very Unusual and it amazed me. I cannot decide if I want to paint the original or the super colorful version. What do you think?

PS. I have a suggestion for a topic. Who do I contact with that info??  Thanks.

Monday, July 31, 2017

August Theme

(This is one of my early attempts at stamp carving - of  a horse)

Hard to believe that August has just arrived. And with it - a brand new theme. (suggested by Elaine Pang)

This month our theme is Unusual Sights (or even sites).

What have you seen or discovered that could be considered unusual? Please share your unusual art!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

* Share a favourite unusual sight/site.

* Share a favourite unusual object

* Share something unusual that you have imagined

* Share something unique, special, one-of-a-kind.