Friday, October 31, 2008

Illustration Friday ~ Vacant

For Halloween, it seemed only fitting that my submission for Illustration Friday represent the most frightening of VACANT where ghosts may dwell.

If by chance you'd like to get a jump on your Halloween shopping for next year, this collage and other Halloween pieces are available in my Etsy shop with free shipping in the US.

Happy Halloween !!!!

© Nancy Lefko

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Over the Moon

I am so thrilled to present my first published work in the November/December issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine. The collage, entitled "Tea for Two," was an answer to the "Tea Party Reader's Challenge." I am very grateful to the magazine for choosing my piece and yes...I'm doin' the happy dance. My thanks to all those who encouraged me to submit my work to publications.

© Nancy Lefko

Friday, October 24, 2008

Illustration Friday ~ Repair

"No matter what needed a REPAIR, Mother did so with a happy heart."

This ACEO collage for Illustration Friday is available in my Etsy shop. **SOLD**

© Nancy Lefko

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WIP ~ Cityscape

This collage entitled, "The Sky's the Limit," was created on gallery wrap canvas. My first time using this type of canvas, I found it a very pleasant substrate on which to work. My first step, after painting the wonderfully staple-free sides, was to layer on background papers which had been distressed and inked. A coating of gel medium was then applied and allowed to dry.

Paint was applied with a brayer and removed as needed with a damp paper towel.

The skyline was added and embellished and the text completes the collage.

This collage is an homage to that wonderful town...New York City..."so nice, they named it twice." There is a wealth of opportunity there and the title of the collage not only applies to the skyscrapers, but to what one can achieve in "a land of opportunity." Many of you know that I am a Native New Yorker, although have not lived there for over twenty years. However, I will always be a "New Yorker" and tributes to my roots make frequent appearances in my art.

This collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Illustration Friday ~ Late

Rita was known for staying out LATE. She was often the very last one at the Trocadero.

This collage for Illustration Friday is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Arty Girlz Challenge ~ Numbers

In answer to the Arty Girlz Weekly Challenge ~ Numbers, I created this collage entitled, "Three Friends."

This collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

New Collage

My most recent work, entitled, "An Odd Variety," was created on 140 lb. watercolor paper. This collage, which measures 5 x 7, is suitable for framing. I have decided to create some collages on this substrate for those who would like to mat and frame a piece to their liking.

The text reads, "I fancy kindhearted artists of an odd variety."

This collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Halloween Sale at Etsy

Hey there guys and ghouls!

There is a sale going on at my Esty shop. All Halloween collages are shipped for FREE in the US! Wouldn't you just love to tuck one in your treat bag?

© Nancy Lefko

Monday, October 13, 2008

Family Time

We had a four day weekend here in New Hampshire, with the boys home from school on Friday and today. I was able to grab a bit of studio time over the weekend and with inspiration from my home and family, created the two collages pictured.

Both collages are available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Friday, October 10, 2008

A Partner in the Studio

While working on the above ACEO in my studio today, I was joined by my youngest son, Brian. Very often he will play alongside me while I create, but the image of the bee I was making piqued his interest and he wanted to join me at my art desk. He began with an image I had discarded, which he colored and used as a start for the illustration below entitled, 'In the Garden.' He added a monarch caterpillar, yellow jacket and fly.

On an artistic roll, Brian proceeded to create an illustration he has entitled, 'Home Sweet Log.' Featured insects include orange back termites, millipede, maggots and a pill bug.

It was a joy to have my young son join me on today's creative journey. These are magic moments.

My ACEO is available in my Etsy shop, however, Brian has informed me that his illustrations are not for sale.


© Nancy and Brian Lefko

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thanks, Ladies!

Belated thanks to a pair of wonderful artists who have bestowed upon me these awards. It just never gets old...finding out that someone out there, and a talented artist no less, really enjoys my artwork and visiting my blog! Nope, it never gets old.

With sincere thanks to Lisa and Bella, I, in turn, pass along these awards to the following special people:


Ladies, feel free to pass along these awards, filled with the affection with which they've been sent!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Mind Wide Open Challenge ~ All Dressed Up

The October challenge at Mind Wide Open features the image of sweet little girls and the prompt 'all dressed up.'

My interpretation is the above collage which I have entitled, 'dream.' The little girls are dreaming about being fancy ladies all dressed up.

Please visit the Mind Wide Open site after October 7th and see the wonderful work that is posted there. If you feel so inspired, you can even vote for my collage while you're there.

This collage is available at my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko