Saturday, March 14, 2015

The trees were black sentries.

The challenge over at ARTastic Challenges, this month,  is to be inspired by this work by Barbara Hanrahan called The Dog, The Cat.  Criteria was to use a quote or saying.
MARCH inspiration by Barbara Hanrahan
This month at Book Club we were to read a book with a one word title.  I knew in my book collection I had just such a book and so I read "therapy" by Jonathon Kellerman.  A psychological mystery. I was reading Chapter 22, when I saw the quote on my layout - instantly it reminded me of the photos I took on Christmas Day 2014 of Umina Beach, the time was 8.30am.  I then saw this challenge - the mind clicked into gear "that's how I can capture the feeling of this day. Here is my layout:
A very clean and simple layout to achieve - of course it is - but it took me a long time to actually get to this point and then today - it all came together.   On typing the quote into my computer I was drawn to part where he writes "The trees were black sentries".  Sentries are defined in the dictionary as guards - so lightbulb moment get out my new Stampin'Up! (r) stamp set Sheltering Tree and stamp in black ink.  The trees and the quote are raised with foam tape.  And I used the orange and black included in the inspiration photo. The quote:
The morning was moist and gray and oddly fragrant.
Mustaches of haze coiled down from the mountains.
The trees were black sentries.
Too early for birds.
This beach (which I affectionately call 'my beach' as it is just up the road) is usually full of people and dogs at 8.30am walking up and down or swimming but the day was overcast with threatening rain.  It was desolate but beautiful at the same time.
Thank you for looking.  Why not head over to ARTastic Challenges and have a go at the challenge.


Deb said...

Your beach photo is just so serene and beautiful. That's a great quote to use on your looks wonderful. Thanks for joining in with us at ARTastic.

Wendy O'Keeffe said...

A very clean and effective layout. Thank you for joining this month's challenge at ARTastic.

Jane said...

What a great page and I totally love you used a quote from a novel to match your amazing photo. We do live in a wonderful part of the world, don't we? Thanks for being a terrific supporter of ARTastic.

Dolly B said...

I love the story of how this all came together. Love the quote, fantastic page. Thank you for sharing and I hope you join us again at ARTastic

ztina said...

Lovely page! I love the contrast between the colors! Thanks for entering our march challenge!

Lizzy Hill said...

LOL! No, no, no Margaret - it can't be 'your beach''s most deffo 'MY beach', LOL!!!! I think a lot of us down the Peninsula way think like that. ADORE your page....brill quote, the CAS approach works absolutely brilliantly.....simply beautiful!!! Thanks so much for joining us at ARTastic this month:):)

Jo said...

Brilliant colour combo Margaret and I really love quotes from books and this one is beautiful - if only I could write like that....sigh. A gorgeous photo and take on the challenge. Thanks for joining in at ARTastic :)

Elaine said...

What a serene photo. I love the colours you have used and how the quote looks like it fits into the photo.

Mitzi Luttrull said...

You do nice work, Margaret. I like the idea of combining a quote from a book you've read with your photo. You were very diligent in locating just the right line.

diane hasthorpe said...

I love how you have put your page together with the orange and black. Perfect quote from the novel for your photo. Thank you for sharing with us att ARTastic. Cheers, Di

Lesley French said...

A clean, crisp and clear layout that tells a story. Great work! Thanks for joining in at ARTastic


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