This week our fabulous feature artist is Mary C. Nasser and she has kindly provided us with some terrific inspiration and a quote for us to use. Make sure you scroll down to read all about Mary and her wonderful map inspired art.
This quote reminds us that our life is one big JOURNEY and even though at times we can get overwhelmed with the enormity of our grand plans, if we can just keep taking small steps forward we will eventually get there!
Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:
Add a place on your page that you would like to go on a journey!
This weeks inspiration:
This is a page that Mary created in her art journal which was inspired by the quote.
Our feature artist – Mary C. Nasser
I’m so pleased to introduce you to Mary. I totally love Mary’s work and the wonderful stencils she designs. Her map inspired artwork is fabulous.
Tell us a little bit about yourself …
Mary C. Nasser earned her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, studied Medieval Art History abroad in London, England, and attended a monotype workshop in Mexico City. She was a visiting artist and guest lecturer in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where she lectured at Academia de Arte Vizuale “IOAN ANDREESCU” (Academy of Visual Arts) and exhibited her work in “Deschideti U.S.A.” (Open the Door) at the Casa Matei. Mary has had over 30 solo shows since 2002 and has been awarded numerous residency opportunities. Since 2007, she has participated in three public art projects, too.
Recently, Mary’s mixed-media map paintings and interview appeared in Featuring magazine. She is also a contributing artist in the book Stencil Girl by Mary Beth Shaw and Making Art From Maps: Inspiration, Techniques, and an International Gallery of Artists by Jill K. Berry. She designs stencils for StencilGirl Products and has also designed a line of cartography-inspired rubber stamps for RubberMoon.
What is your favourite quote?
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao-tzu
What inspires you?
I find inspiration in vintage atlases I collect, fascinated by the antiquated pages and the ideas of time and travel they contain. I am captivated by the way maps look – their lines, rhythm, movement and patterns. Maps and cartographic elements are repeating motifs in my work because I love both the concept and imagery of maps.
Where can we find you?
Week 29 Prize Draw:
Mary has donated a very generous prize for our draw. It is a $25 gift certificate with Stencil Girl Products. Aren’t we lucky to have such wonderful prizes donated!
We will draw a random name on Friday 29th July from those who have uploaded into the Week 29 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.
Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw. So have fun, upload your photo and you may get a lovely bonus!
Winner of Week 27 Draw:
Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 27 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is Carol Thomson. Congratulations Carol! Here is the page that she created.
Make sure you check out the photos in the Facebook albums. There is some amazing work in there. What a great place for inspiration. Make sure you leave a few comments while you are there.
It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!
Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.
Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.
Have fun, be happy and support one another!