Sunday, November 30, 2008

New Studio Space

After three years of creating art below ground level ( the basement) I have moved on up to the second floor. I have traded my art sink for natural light and more pleasant surroundings. All in all, a fairly good trade. The image below shows my humble beginnings.

And here is my new studio with a view of a beautiful New Hampshire mountain. Life is good!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Illustration Friday ~ Opinion

My entry for Illustration Friday's prompt OPINION, finds Lulu and Sadie admitting to their deep, dark secret.

© Nancy Lefko

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Illustration Friday ~ Pretend

Some of my happiest moments have been spent as witness to the imaginations of my children. As each boy lived through adventures and escapades as a youngster, it was with great joy that I shared in their magical world of PRETEND. My youngest is often fully immersed in his land of make believe and I am almost envious of the stories he can bring to life in his own imagination. Oh, that we could preserve that for a lifetime.

My collage for the Illustration Friday prompt, PRETEND, pays homage to the magic of childhood, imagination and creativity. May it live on in all of us, no matter our age.

This collage is currently available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Inspire Me Thursday ~ Coffee Break favorite beverage! I could not miss the opportunity to submit one of my "Java Junkies" for Inspire Me Thursday's prompt, COFFEE BREAK. I would have had this posted earlier today, but I was having a two hour coffee break with my gal pal.

This collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Arty Girlz Challenge ~ Blog Inspiration

An interesting challenge this week at Arty Girlz was to use inspiration from a blog to create a piece of art. I turned to Sweet Repeats, the blog of my good friend Jodi Ohl. Every time I visit Jodi's blog I am struck by the joyous color. The bright blues, greens and yellows call out to me and I have answered with the above collage, entitled "Winter Magic."

You would be well served to visit Jodi's blog where there is always a host of beautiful art to enjoy.

The above 6 x 6 collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Monday Artday ~ Speed

My entry for Monday Artday's topic, SPEED, is the above ACEO that depicts the kind of speed our youngsters enjoy! My hope is that as they make the switch from sleds to vehicles, they relinquish the passion for speed :) Celebrating my #1 son's 17th birthday this week, I probably should have illustrated the incredible SPEED at which he has grown. Where do the years go?

This ACEO is available in my Esty shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Etsy Update

With some time in my studio today, I was able to finish five new collages, three of which have a Christmas theme. I don't like to rush the season, but I know Thanksgiving will be upon us in no time.

The collage pictured, and the others, are available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mind-Wide Open Challenge ~ Beloved

My entry for this month's challenge at Mind Wide Open is the collage entitled, "Seek, Find, Love." Voting commences on November 8th, so if you aren't too worn out from today's trip to the polls, you can stop by and cast your vote. There will surely be oodles of inspiration and wonderful works to admire.

This collage is available in my Etsy shop. **SOLD**

© Nancy Lefko

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Something Different

During one of my shopping trips to Michaels I discovered a small papier mache box and thought it might be a fun surface on which to collage. I was right! I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of working with a three dimensional item. I envisioned making a sweet box for sewing notions or secret treasures, something useful as well as decorative.

This box is currently available in my Etsy shop. *SOLD*

© Nancy Lefko