Art Nests

Posted August 9, 2013 by Paula's Paradise
Categories: art, collage, cool stuff, favorite things, inspiration, intriguing images

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mixed media artist trading card paula boyd farrington ©2013

mixed media artist trading cards by paula boyd farrington ©2013

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Nest.ATC.FilmFest.Nest.CannesI had fun weaving some “exotic travel” thought-twigs & vintage glamour threads into these “Nest” inspired artist trading cards for an ARTchix Studio swap this past spring.  Artist trading cards are little 2.5″ x 3.5″ mini mixed-media masterpieces created just for the joy of making art, and traded with other collage artists.  It takes a bit longer to get lovely old-fashioned snail mail here in The Bahamas, and I was thrilled to find these Art Nest beauties (from fellow ARTchix swappers) waiting for me in the “post”:

mixed media artist trading card by Nikki Smith © 2013

mixed media artist trading card by Nikki Smith © 2013

mixed media artist trading card by Jodi Velasquez ©2013
mixed media artist trading card by Naomi Walsh Montoro ©2013

mixed media artist trading card by Naomi Walsh Montoro ©2013

mixed media artist trading card by plstork ©2013

mixed media artist trading card by plstork ©2013

mixed media artist trading card by kelly ©2013

mixed media artist trading card by kelly ©2013

mixed media artist trading card by shu shu perugino ©2013

mixed media artist trading card by shu shu perugino ©2013

Aren’t these sweet? And GORGEOUS?! These tiny treasures are so fun to look at and hold … so many layered and textural details and captivating images. Completely inspiring and heartwarming. From my cozy art nest to all the very talented creators of the cards pictured above: Thank You!! And to everyone out there having fun creating art in your own little studio or dining room table nook: art on!

ps … ARTchix hosts all kinds of themed swaps throughout the year and sends darling packets of little art goodies to participants … you can follow them on FB (here) or on their blog for swap announcements if you want to play along (& find occasional digi-freebie images; beautiful!). Like everything on m’blog, this is Not a paid commercial announcement. I just dig art and collage stuff and wanted to share! Tra-la …

Get Started: Revving Up Your Creative Energy

Posted July 30, 2013 by Paula's Paradise
Categories: art, cool stuff, favorite things, indescribable, inspiration, making a difference, quotes, wonderful ideas, writing

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I like this quote. It’s a great reminder for me, and for anyone who wants to rev up their writing, art, business, or any creative endeavor—including life!  Lowered expectations at the beginning of a process helps obliterate the paralysis that comes from expecting yourself to be unrealistically amazing all the time. Is there somewhere you can lower your standards in order to get started? Can you trust (even just a little) that simply starting will lead you to take the next small step, and then the next … and that whatever you’re working on will develop (sort of like a Polaroid coming into focus), sharpening and getting clearer and more polished along the way?

I know that lowering expectations helps me get started. It will also help me get this quickly posted right now, in the midst of several other projects, rather than waiting for a more perfect moment to write a longer post about the many enthusiasms I have for the gentle and deceptively-powerful Kaizen Muse Creativity tools and philosophies—creative support and va-va-voom that I’ve already written about glowingly here! Enjoy …

Wholehearted Work & Play

Posted June 8, 2013 by Paula's Paradise
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wonderful quote found via Robert Genn's Twice-Weekly Letter at The Painter's Keys ... a source of community and inspiration for artists and creatives.

wonderful quote found via Robert Genn’s Twice-Weekly Letter at The Painter’s Keys
… a source of community and inspiration for artists and creatives.
(as recommended by the fabulous Jill Badonsky | The Muse Is In)

Forward, Upward, Onward Together

Posted May 24, 2013 by Paula's Paradise
Categories: art, cool stuff, favorite things, inspiration, intriguing images, making a difference, The Bahamas, wonderful ideas

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This weekend, The Bahamas kicks off its celebration of 40 years as a sovereign, independent democratic nation—a stable country with a long history of 325 years of peaceful governance as a British colony prior to independence—and a country of 700 islands set in crystal clear waters that have carried peoples from many lands to its shores over the centuries. The Bahamas crest embraces the motto: Forward, Upward, Onward Together.

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On July 10, 2013, The Bahamas will celebrate their 40th Anniversary as an independent nation

I love this animated video that celebrates “The Power of Outrospection” — an age of empathy and imagination: the twin pillars of lifting all of humanity forward, upward, onward together. It is produced by the RSA (a UK-based group that celebrates practical innovation and thought leadership in much the same way as TED—an organization of  “…fascinating thinkers and doers …” that I have followed and long admired for their conferences championing the human imagination). RSA stands for The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce—and although it was founded in 1754 in a coffee shop in Covent Garden it has remained relevant through an ongoing focus on pioneering spirits and forward-thinking ideas that empower everyone. The RSA tag line … 21st century enlightenment … is beautifully illustrated in this short video that supports both that lofty goal while also raising awareness about the everyday moments of great empathy that have come together historically to uplift us all.

The modern day Bahamas was founded in just such moments of great empathy, and I hereby salute all the thought leaders and peaceful movements forward that are part of our world and part of  The Bahamas today—as well as the keys to the country’s ongoing success and sustainability as part of a true paradise on earth. Happy Birthday, Bahamas!

Blue Happiness

Posted April 18, 2013 by Paula's Paradise
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Dominica Blue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

Sharing art makes for extra happiness. Especially when the wonderful ARTchix Studio encourages us to “Create Art. Share Happiness” with their blue-themed Artist Trading Card swap. I made three series’ of artist trading cards last month celebrating the color blue with a combination of ARTchix images & goodies and stamps on top of a background made from a larger one-piece layered “masterboard” that I’ll show you in a moment … first, here are the rest of the Blue/Bleu/Bleue cards:

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Cuba Blue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

Bhutan Blue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

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The next three cards included painted blue “doilies” and Endangered Floral vintage postage stamps:

artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

Hawaiian Wild Broadbean Endangered Flora Blue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

Wallflower Endangered Flora Blue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

Dunes Evening: Endangered Flora artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

The background “masterboard’ was made on a sheet of 8.5″ x 11” letter-sized paper covered in snippets of recycled printer sheets, paint swatches, wrapping paper scraps, bits of an old calendar page, and colored with various blue “gelato” pigment sticks (smooth color which mixes with water beautifully, in the same way that watercolor crayons do):

beginning of making "Masterboard" to be cut into artist trading card size background pieces

beginning of making “Masterboard” to be cut into artist trading card size background pieces

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… and another “Masterboard” of blue paper scraps and paint swatches to make the backs of the artist trading cards

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… and then cut into artist trading card-sized pieces to be adhered as backgrounds onto the eco-artist trading cards (found in ARTchix Studio packaging … or you can make your own out of recycled cardboard!)

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another look at the blue backgrounds cut into pieces to give the backgrounds a cohesive look although each piece is unique (this one I made for the backs of the cards)

The Blue Swap asked for six Artist Trading Cards to be sent, but the masterboard cut into nine background pieces and I found so many fun images and ARTchix blue bits to use, so I kept going and created one more series celebrating “Bleu”:

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Bleu de Carte artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

 

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Étoile Bleue artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

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Bleu L’Aventure artist trading card by Paula Boyd Farrington

"Bleu" series of winged artist trading cards by Paula Boyd Farrington

“Bleu” series of winged artist trading cards by Paula Boyd Farrington

Thanks to Helga Strauss Stevens of ARTchix Studio for all her cool stuff, and for the idea of making a masterboard (she’s talked about that before in her blog)—and to mixed media artist Nikki Smith for hosting the swap. How wonderful that so much Blue Happiness is winging its way through the post offices to everyone who signed up. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more photos of all the lovely Blue Bleu Bleue artwork on ARTchix’s Facebook page!

Enjoy & Tra-La …

all images © Paula Boyd Farrington

all images © Paula Boyd Farrington

 

 

 

Crepe Paper & Cardboard, Costumes & Creativity — Junior Junkanoo 2013

Posted March 5, 2013 by Paula's Paradise
Categories: art, favorite things, Grand Bahama Island, photography, The Bahamas

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photos by Paula Boyd Farrington

Junkanoo—that distinctly Bahamian combination of colorful handmade costumes, cow bells, horns, and rhythmic goat-skin drums pounding out a steady island beat were proudly on display at last month’s Junior Junkanoo Parade, February 2nd, 2013. Parents, teachers, children, and community volunteers dedicated countless hours through the year crafting costumes of hand-cut and finely fringed crepe paper, carefully pasted in layers onto cardboard forms sized to fit student performers—the next generation—who are learning first-hand about the history, design, and production of this unique cultural art form. The detailed costumes, dance routines, and fun themes chosen by participating schools are a delight to see, and a true celebration of island creativity. Here are a few photos from this year’s event:

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Jr.Junkanoo.3.2013Jr.Junkanoo.4.2013Jr.Junkanoo.9.2013Junkanoo.Horn.Player2013Junkanoo.Jr.2013Congratulations to all the Junior Junkanoo participants, parents, teachers, coordinators, designers, artists, dancers, musicians, parade officials, volunteers, sponsors, food vendors, and support teams who made this lovely and lively Grand Bahama event possible.

Ka-lik, Ka-lik, Ka-lik. Hear that? That’s the sound the metal clanger in the cow bell makes when it rings—and it’s calling you to come see next year’s Parade. The Junior Junkanoo Parade is usually held in late January or early February each year, and the full scale holiday Junkanoo Parade in Grand Bahama is held in the evening on New Year’s Day. The Junkanoo Summer Festival is scheduled here for July 4 – 25, 2013.

Move to the rhythm. Move to the beat. Dance along. It’s a heartwarming treat!

 

Young-ha Kim: Be an Artist, Right Now!

Posted February 17, 2013 by Paula's Paradise
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Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world’s greatest artists to urge you to unleash your inner child—the artist who wanted to play forever.

A TED (Technology. Entertainment. Design.) favorite from TEDxSeoul 2010.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. An annual celebration of the human imagination that raises the vibration of the planet … check it out here. You can watch this year’s conference, February 25 – March 1, from wherever you are, with a TED Live membership.


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