:::Our new address:::

Gothic Arches will start next Sunday, September 7th in our new home. I wanted to give everyone a good week to get settled and have their membership approved before posting there. It will have the same basic concept and similar layout – the challenge will be posted, and comments can be seen (by members) and you may follow each artists url to their blog.

http://gothicarches.ning.com

To register – click on sign up in the upper right hand corner of the site.

ETA: You will be asked for your email address…then your password (you think up one just for the ning account), then your date of birth (verifying you are over 18), then the spam password….

on the second page you will be asked:
You will then be asked for a user name (it can be your real name or computer screen name)
Next is your blog address – url or location of Flickr, Picture trail etc.

Final information will be your email address.

Each member will be approved and a confirmation email will be sent back to you.

In the meantime, enjoy our “End of Summer” theme this week – and be patient with the spam filter. I know it caught more than 20 of you last week alone 😦 one more good reason to move!!! πŸ™‚ You are artists – not spammers! πŸ™‚

questions can be sent to: gothic_arches at yahoo.com….

:::End of Summer:::



Our theme for our final week at WordPress is “End of Summer” which was selected by our hostess Nancy Dooren. Nancy made this beautiful arch paying tribute to the last warm and carefree days!
What do you think of with the end of summer drawing near? We want to see it here in gothic arch form!

A bit about our hostess:
I am Nancy Dooren. I live in Enschede, The Netherlands, with my hubby Wilfred and cat Sylvester. I am a dental assistant for a lot of years now. But, when I am at home, I love to be in my stamping room, making some art. This is a way of life for me! I love to be a host on Gothic Arches!

You may see more of Nancy’s beautiful work on her blog:
http://nancydooren.blogspot.com

:::Black, Red, & White Sampler:::

There were some AMAZING arches this past week! Beautiful work everyone! Thanks for playing!

We’re Moving….

Since we have had ongoing problems with WordPress blocking and placing participants in the spam filter each week – I have decided it is time to move. I do not take this decision lightly, afterall we have been here for a year now….but it is taking loads of time to unspam and approve comments. I have written WordPress repeatly and contacted their spam software company. The spam techs can’t figure out why many of you keeping getting caught (including myself)…as you can see I am at my wits end.

I debated on closing the site, I start back to work next week and will also be enrolled in college full-time. But, I really love our little place here and hope you all feel the same. πŸ™‚

This next Sunday will be our last week of Gothic Arches here at WordPress. I will post the new “home” soon…you will each have to register…as it will be for members only..but that only consists of your user name, blog address and email. Once you have registered I will approve it. No more spam, or blocked posts! That is a GOOD THING!

Stay tuned…I will post it within the next day or so…that way members can be ready.

Thanks for understanding!

Nancy

:::Happy Birthday:::



Gothic Arches is celebrating it’s one year birthday this week! Thank you to all the artists who have supported and played along with the challenges featured here! We are blessed to have such wonderful art friends!!! πŸ™‚

:::Black, White and a hint of Red:::


Our theme this week is “Black,White and a hint of Red” which was selected by our hostess Chrissy Rollins. She made this beautiful arch to inspire you. What do you think of with this theme? We wish to see it here at Gothic Arches this week!

A bit about our hostess:

I run an artist trading club whose members take on a monthly challenge and swap their Artist Trading Cards with other members and guests it can be checked out here:
http://chriss-rollins.blogspot.com

I am part of a crafting duo who put together an art and craft page each month for a local magazine encouraging the local community to get invoved with their creative side.

I have this fantastic stamp in my collection….’Don’t much care for reality I prefer ART’ and that just about sums me up. LOL

I am truely honoured to be hosting this weeks GA challenge thank you Nancy.

I have chosen the theme… ”Black, White and a hint of Red” Hope you like it have fun with your arches. I would like to wish GA and Nancy a Happy 1st Birthday.

You may see more of Chrissy’s beautiful artwork on her blog:

http://thepapergirls.blogspot.com

:::Renaissance:::


Our hostess this week is Tami Roth who has selected the theme of “Renaissance” as our challenge this week. Isn’t her arch just beautiful!? What do you think of when the word “Renaissance” comes to mind? We want to see it here this week in gothic form!

About our hostess:

Renaissance marks the period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the Modern world. It represents a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries. Early Renaissance, mostly in Italy, bridges the art period during the fifteenth century, between the Middle Ages and the High Renaissance in Italy. It is generally known that Renaissance matured in Northen Europe later, in 16th century.

The term renaissance means rebirth and is used to mark an era of broad cultural achievement as a result of renewed interest in the classical art and ideas of Ancient Greece and Rome. The main idea of rebirth lies at the belief that through the study of the intellectual and artistic treasures of the Greco-Roman antiquity, inspired by Humanism, can be reached the artistic greatness, wisdom and enlightenment.

Thank you, Nancy, for the opportunity to be hostess for the gothic arch challenge this week! I chose this theme because of my love for the art and images from that time. “Venus” by Sandro Botticelli is probably my most favorite painting. I think of Botticelli, daVinci, Michelangelo, Vermeer, etc. I love the colors the artists used-so deep and rich. Renaissance means “rebirth” but can have so many meanings to different people that I hope everyone can go with their first instinct of what this means for them and have fun with it!

You may see more of Tami’s beautiful work here:
Tami Roth Picture Trail

:::Royalty/Crowns:::



This weeks theme is “Royalty/Crowns” which was selected by our hostess Kris Dickinson. Isn’t her arch just beautiful! What comes to your mind when you think of Royalty/Crowns? Kings and Queens? Fairy Tales? We want to see it here this week in gothic arch style!

A bit about our hostess:
Thank you Nancy for choosing me to host the Gothic Arch Challenge this week. I chose the theme Royalty/Crowns as I’ve always been fascinated with the kings and queens of Europe. In particular, The Romanovs of Russia. Such a beautiful and tragic family. I have chosen Nicholas II and Alexandra of Russia as my subject for my arch. For this challenge, please do not limit yourselves to just actual royalty. Alter a little king or queen or crown a bird, etc…I can’t wait to see what you create!

Kris Dickinson resides in Parker, CO and has been creating collage’ and mixed media pieces for many years. She is married and has a 9 year old daughter.

You can see more of her beautiful work at:
http://nostalgiccollage.blogspot.com/

:::Gothic Arch Hostesses Needed:::

Thanks for the response! We are full until October!

:::Shades of White:::



Our hostess this week is Hermine Koster who has selected the theme “Shades of White.” She created this beautiful arch using white as her hue. What do you invision when “white” comes to mind in your artwork. We would love to see it here in gothic arch form!

About our hostess:

Thank you Nancy for asking me to host again. I have choose this theme because I really like to work ton-sur-ton, in white as well as in colour. Love to stretch a colour to the max. Made this arch using crackle medium and gesso for the background, sponged a little with distress antique linen to match this gorgeous vintage image. Then played around with some tyvek, really love the structure and the fact that you never know what you end up with, every time it is a surprise. Finally added some paper flowers and buttons as a finishing touch. Hope you like this theme as much as I do and looking forward to your artwork.

You may see more of Hermine’s beautiful artwork on her blog:
http://herminesplace.wordpress.com/

:::For The Birds:::



Our theme this week is “For The Birds” which was selected by our hostess Mary-Beth. She made this beautiful arch which includes items found in nature. What do you invision with the theme “For the Birds”? We wish to see it here in gothic arch form this week.

A bit about our hostess:
I was so happy that Nancy asked me once again to host G.A.. I love doing these arches and have fallen behind in the fun.

Lately I have become much more interested in photography, mainly taking landscape shots to use in my art and picking up fallen treasure from the ground especially after rain storms. These twigs came in handy for my arch this week and actually inspired it.

I can’t wait to see how everyone interprets the theme of “For the Birds” this week. Have fun!!!!!!!

You can see more of Mary-Beth’s beautiful artwork on her blog:
http://myjourneyintoart.blogspot.com/

:::Handwriting Sampler:::

We had beautiful entries this past week – thank you for creating outside your comfort zone!

:::Handwriting:::



This week our theme is “Handwriting” which was selected by our hostess Dymphie.
Dymphie has created this beautiful arch using her own handwriting…and states:Use your own handwriting on the arch, paint a few letters, calligraph a quote (i would looooove to see that). I don’t like my own handwriting very much, but i like to use it in my art-work, it seems more my own when i do so.

The haiku on her arch reads “without you here, they are to deep, to large, these dark woods.”

We want to see your handwriting on your arches this week!

You can see more of Dymphie’s beautiful artwork on her blog:
http://papierenavonturen.blogspot.com/

:::Cats:::

This weeks theme is “Cats” and we want to see what makes your furry feline friend so special?
Cats love to pounce, purr, snuggle, and meow. Maybe you invision three little kittens, cats sleeping in a favorite chair, or prowling on an outdoor fence…whatever the vision may be…we want to see it here in Gothic Arch form.

A bit about our hostess:

I have always loved cats. There are two in my household…Baxter an overly affectionate black/white male and Sophie Lou the shy calico. Each has such a unique personaility but they each add so much to my home. Baxter adores my boxer dog Hailey and they will snuggle together, take naps, and wash each other – not often seen with a dog and cat. I would love to see your precious art using our furry friends!

You can see more of Nancy’s artwork on her blog:

http://vintagepapers.blogspot.com

:::Patriotism:::

Our hostess this week is Louise Granlund who selected the theme “Patriotism” and made this beautiful arch.


I chose the theme of Patriotism because we are celebrating the 4th of July this weekend in the United States. Our neighborhood will be filled with flags waving from front porches. We will go to the parade our community puts on every 4th of July and young and old will be waving flags as the parade passes by. I always cry when the various veterans groups walk by and eveyone stands and applauds them. At night we’ll watch the fireworks display at the local high school.

Patriotism is a universal theme — love of one’s country. Or maybe it’s a country you’ve visited and have a close affinity to. Whatever the case, share your gothic arches saluting a country close to your heart.

You may see more of Louise’s beautiful artwork on her blog:

http://kardkrazy.blogspot.com/

:::Happy 4th of July:::

I will be away for a few days out of town so there will be no one unmarking spam comments. We are still having serious problems with WordPress doing this and I wish there was a remedy! πŸ™‚ I will be posting this Sunday’s challenge on a time delay (hope it shows up Sunday morning)….when I return any posts that have been caught in the spam filter I can despam. thanks!Β  Nancy

:::Mermaids:::



Our hostess this week is Caryl Hoobler who created this beautiful gothic arch using the theme “Mermaids” which she selected. What do you think of with this theme? Sea maidens? Sirens?
Merpeople or Merfolk? Whatever the vision may be we wish to see it here in gothic form!

A bit about our hostess:

I love the freedom of mixed media art and I love the tiny canvas of a
Gothic Arch. I tend to throw unexpected elements into my pieces, but
there is a thought process behind what items I use in a piece. I tend to
draw upon life experiences when creating and look for items that may
bring back a certain memory from any given time or place. I’ve chose
Mermaids as the theme this week as Mermaids are so magical and can live
in wildly colorful settings! I can’t wait to see where your Mermaids
live!

You may see more of Caryl’s beautiful work on her blog:

http://carylsrealm.blogspot.com/

:::Any Theme:::


We will be taking a break for the next two weeks and would like to invite you to post any style or theme here during that time. In the meantime – we invite you to share your creations here.

The regular weekly theme will return on Sunday, June 29.

:::Clowns:::



Our theme this week is “Clowns” which was selected by our hostess Nancy Maxwell James.
What do you think of when clowns comes to mind? Happy faces? Children? Bozo? Whatever you invision we wish to see it here in gothic style!

A bit about our hostess:
Nancy is a mixed media artist, stamper and scrapbooker living in Michigan with her husband Steve. She has 3 children, and currently has a son deployed in Iraq. Nancy enjoys working with vintage images in all sorts of media forms. She loves genealogy and enjoys making scrapbook pages documenting her family history.

You may see more of Nancy’s work on her blog:
http://vintagepapers.blogspot.com

:::Spain:::



Our theme this week is “Spain” and our hostess Martine (Filetta) created this beautiful gothic arch.
What do you invision when “Spain” comes to mind? We want to see it here in gothic arch form.

A bit about our hostess:

My name is Martine, I am soon 50 years old, 2 big children and an adorable husband for 30 years. I live in a small French island in the Mediterranean Sea, Corsica, in a magnificent island: a mountain in the sea ! I practice the scrapbooking recently of time, since October, 2007. It is my daughter who made me discover this leisure ! I began in our return of a journey in Senegal and since I do not stop any more ! It is one spends time who fascinates me!

You may see more of Martine’s beautiful work on her blog:
http://filetta.canalblog.com/