Wednesday, 18 June 2014

tania's picks - week 24: OCTOPUS

Octopus. Octopusses. Octopi. Challenge members quite simply blew me away this week, and you'll find this is one of the longest Tania's Picks ever--so very many images resonated so deeply with me.

Not only did the artwork stun me, the inspiration and contributions were truly mindblowing. This was another one of those weeks where the theme either failed to inspire me, or totally intimidated me. And this is why I chose it--because this it's what's important about this Challenge. To stretch ourselves. And indeed, it stretched me.

I saw a wonderful meme recently. It said something along on the lines of:

Did you make some art? YES NO
Is it good? YES NO
Is it bad? YES NO
You are an artist.
Make some more art.

This is how I see this Challenge. As a way to connect with our inner artist (and we ALL have one), and along the way, connect with our deepest core: our creativity. I'm hoping, by the end of the Challenge, I won't once say I hate my own work. I hope my beautiful Challenge friends achieve the same thing.

And herewith--OCTOPUS!

Heidi Cooper

Jane Barndon

Jess Racklyeft

Jessica Guthrie

Jo Freitag

Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Judy Watson

Karen Ausrine

Kayleen West Cavill

Kelly Artist

Kim Bergstrom

Leonie Cheetham

Linda Knoll

Lyn Lewis

Matilda, age 5

Michelle Pacey

Miss Barndon, age 10

Nicky Johnston

Richelle Sanders

Sabrina, aged 3

Shelly Wild

Steve Spargo

Travis Gray‎

Vair Buchanan

Ian McLean

Jane Barndon

Jess Racklyeft

Jessica Guthrie

Jo Freitag

Judy Watson

Katrin Dreiling

Kayleen West Cavill

Keryn Bowdidge

Kristen Okeeffe

Leonie Cheetham

Lily McBain

Lisa Loffredo

Lisa-Marie Kerr

Luisa Gioffre-Suzuki

Margaret Dewar

Mia, age 7

Milla, age 6

Natalie Daniel

Ramona Davey

Rowan Ferguson

Sally-May Lott

Sheree Kennington‎

Tiffany Tregenza

Trish Davis‎

Vicki Noel Hilder

Judy Watson

Angela Pegrum

Annabel Kennedy

Bettina Dodson

Christina Booth

Dana Haigh

Detta Tea

Diane McWhirter

Heather, age 5

Ani Ross

Benjamin Angus

Caelene D'Arcy

Clare Crow

Dee White

Diane McWhirter

Feyana, age 6

Grace Bryant

Leonie Cheetham

Eva, age 8

Liz Cameron

Andrea Wallace

Grace, age 7

Tami Tsark

Diane McWhirter

Geri Barr

Kate Bouman

Kim Violeta

Claire Weigall

Miriam Shilling

Skye Robertson


  1. I can understand how difficult that must have been. It was such a fun theme. I myself have a new fondness for the octopus now :-)

  2. Such a fantastic array of talent - love that you write a post about the themes each week as there are always a few I seemed to have missed on the facebook page.

  3. Have just heard about the challenge. How fabulous the drawings are. Wow


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