Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lisa Bebi's Orange Challenge


The very talented Lisa Bebi has come up with another great art challenge. (A few weeks ago I took part in Lisa's "studio fodder challenge" and had a great time creating three ATC's with fodder from Lisa's studio.) For the latest challenge Lisa posted the following on her Facebook page:

"The color orange is sometimes hard to manage as it likes to take over. The challenge is to create a 4" x 4" art piece that has orange as a supporting but important act."

My answer to the challenge is the mixed media piece pictured above. With a combination of acrylic paint, Caran d'Ache water-soluble crayon and fluid chalk inks, I give you 'One Pear.'

© Nancy Lefko

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Journal Pages


After a morning spent planting flowers, finishing chores and working on a custom order, I found some time for journaling. Often when I've spent a week filled with home and family responsibilities, and sorely lacking in studio time, I forget how joyful it is to immerse myself in art.

Today I found such joy in an hour or so alone with my journal, water-soluble crayons and markers. It was the first time I had used Deco Color paint markers and I especially like the white extra-fine line pen. Sometimes I have a love/hate relationship with my white gel pens, and this Deco Color marker wrote over the crayon like a dream. It's a keeper.



© Nancy Lefko

Friday, May 28, 2010

Somerset Studio Gallery


The Summer 2010 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery has hit the newsstands and I am pleased to mention that my collage, "Star Qualities," was chosen for publication. I am very grateful to the editorial staff at Stampington for this opportunity. Seeing my artwork published never gets old; it is a joy each and every time. Additionally, I was thrilled to see that the page with my collage was used in the advertisement for the magazine, as seen at the Stampington website. I'm a happy girl.



Images © Stampington, Inc.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Illustration Friday ~ EARLY


EARLY memories are the sweetest kind.

I encourage you to visit the Illustration Friday website, follow the links and find all of the wonderful artwork and blogs.

Collage available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Illustration Friday ~ EQUIPMENT


Lily could work wonders with that beloved piece of EQUIPMENT.

"She loved her antique sewing machine."

I encourage you to visit the Illustration Friday website, follow the links and find all of the wonderful artwork and blogs.

Print available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Art Doll Swap


Creating an art doll was something I had never done, but when reading Kathryn Antyr's post about her swap, I was intrigued. Using the templates supplied, via Kathryn, by The Enchanted Gallery, I began to play and the ideas just flowed. This was pure fun. Thank you Kathryn, for hosting this great activity.

© Nancy Lefko

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mixed Media Monday ~ WEDDED BLISS


This week's challenge offered by Mixed Media Monday is WEDDED BLISS. The power of love, the strength of promises made and the hope for a bright future; all held tightly in your grasp.

I encourage you to visit the Mixed Media Monday blog and view the wonderful creations inspired by this prompt.

© Nancy Lefko

Thursday, May 6, 2010

"Mix It Up with Melange" Challenge ~ MOTHERHOOD plus a GIVEAWAY!!


This week's challenge over at the Melange Team Blog is MOTHERHOOD.

All participants in the challenge will be entered in a random drawing for an original piece of art. Jodi Ohl is offering a 6" x 6" Sweet HeART block embellished with the word MOTHERHOOD (or a word of the winner's choosing.) This is an original Jodi Ohl piece valued at $25. (And there may be some extra little artsy goodness thrown in for good measure :) The winner will be chosen by a random drawing from all participants. So spread the word.

Come on over and join in on the fun of the Melange challenges. They are posted at the blog every other Wednesday and are open to everyone. Hope to see you there!

Collage available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mixed Media Monday ~ MOTHERS


This week's challenge offered by Mixed Media Monday is MOTHERS. Remember your mom on Sunday; better yet, treat her well all year long.

I encourage you to visit the Mixed Media Monday blog and view the wonderful creations inspired by this prompt.

(By the way, I'm a firm believer that every club needs matching hats. Just ask the Shriners.)

Collage available in my Etsy shop. **SOLD**

© Nancy Lefko

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Illustration Friday ~ COCOON


How fortunate we are that change occurs inside a COCOON.


My youngest's favorite thing to do is to collect Monarch caterpillars and raise them into butterflies. He takes this responsibility very seriously and releases the beautiful butterflies with a proud but heavy heart; as letting go is never easy no matter your age or the circumstance.


I encourage you to visit the Illustration Friday website, follow the links and find all of the wonderful artwork and blogs.

Collage © Nancy Lefko