Friday, 30 May 2014

Mixed Media May Interview Feature

It's been a terrific month for seeing a variety of artist's work being featured over on Cindy Jones Lantier's yearly Mixed Media Art Blog!  

It's the final showcase today for 2014, and you can find an interview with me and some of my mixed media creations over there -->> 

           "Pathfinder" ~11.7" x 16.5" hand-cut paper animals, watercolor and collage elements on paper

"Luck of the Draw" ~ collage, acrylic, pencil, gel pen & ephemera on map paper

There will be a giveaway over on the Mixed Media May blog tomorrow {Saturday 31st May, 2014} so don't forget to pop back over there to find out how you can win some mixed media art goodies. 

Till next time...
Blessings of beauty,
Catherine Athena xo

• • •My journey through the senses• • •

taste:: Ricotta, Lemon Zest pancakes ~ crazy delicious!
smell:: Luscious Lime incense smoke billowing ~ to awaken clarity of mind
touch:: May blossoms in hedgerows & dandelion thistledown
see:: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel {for the elderly & beautiful} ~ my kinda retirement!
hear:: Ravi Shankar & George Harrison's 'Chants of India' rocking my inner devotee
think:: I'm loving drinking 2 - 3 litres of water a day
feel:: The recent astrological changes {Grand Cardinal Cross} have seen me grow and evolve in ways I never imagined possible. Breakthrough. Massive. Trajectory changing.
read:: "Autobiography of a Yogi" ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
intuit:: This could be the start (again!) of something incredible! 

Saturday, 24 May 2014

The 'Alternative' Princess and the Pea

As part of Carla Sonheim's fabulous "Year of the Fairytale" course, she invited us to create an 'alternative' to the traditional Pea in Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairytale... to create a full page illustration and a spot illustration featuring a conceptual element to be placed under the bed, a new perpetrator keeping the Princess awake, instead of the Pea. 

In the traditional story of course it is a Pea that is placed by the Queen below the mattresses on which a Princess sleeps to test if she is a REAL princess (as only one with such sensitivity will be able to detect the pea) proving she is fit to marry the Queen's son, the Prince. 

This was a fun exercise to teach us about two different types of illustrations featured in picture books. 

Here is my submission for... "The Princess and the ......?" It's an Aardvark! I find them a real fun looking creature. 

To view the PDF of the entire zine with mine and others contributions from this class, 135 artists from all over the world, please click on this link:  (it may take about a minute to load) They are showcased alphabetically by the artist's first name. 
I hope you enjoy it!

Till next time.....

Blessings of beauty,
Catherine Athena xo