This month's guest artists have added a special suprise for contributors to The Spirit of Home Challenge. In addition to the regular giveaway, Valya and Madeline will select from the creative responses to the challenge and publish a few of them in a special House Spirits Gallery section within the hardcover limited edition of Sticks and Bones: Home Is Where the Hearth Is.
THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED. Your generous donations this round helped us raise $100 for Great Lakes Bengal Rescue. Winners to be announced soon. Watch this space, and many thanks as always to our contributors for their continued support.
For this challenge, we invite you to respond to Valya’s words and Madeline’s art by getting to know a house spirit. It can be the spirit of your current or childhood home, a friend’s beloved residence, or a dwelling in your favorite film or novel. Draw a picture. Make a doll or poppet. Write a poem. Create a monologue. Transcribe the house spirit’s preferred recipe or offering. Photograph his or her favorite corner of the home. Share their stories.
THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED. Your generous donations this round helped us raise $146 for Great Lakes Bengal Rescue. As we did not meet our $250 target, the recipient of Mr. Lincoln's doodle has been selected from a random drawing of contributors and donors to this challenge: and the lucky winner is Amy Powell! Congratulations Amy, and many thanks to all the artists and generous folks who helped to support this effort!
It's time for the next link in our chain of inspiration! This round's guest artist, Billy Bones author Christopher Lincoln, invites you to find this fellow's name, and his story:
We asked Chris why art, and the making of art, is important to him:
THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED. Your generous donations this round helped us raise $130 for Great Lakes Bengal Rescue. The signed CD copy of Against the Night goes to Nathalie Boisard-Beudin. Congratulations Nathalie, and many thanks to all the artists and generous folks who helped to support this effort!
Join our chain of inspiration, and support Great Lakes Bengal Rescue! Jason Webley offers his song "Back to the Garden" from Against the Night for your interpretive delectation.
Beginning March 1, we're pleased to announce the addition of an ongoing series in the Night Garden: we call it Inspiration. It's an opportunity to get inspired, collaborate, and help us raise money for Great Lakes Bengal Rescue.
Every couple of months we will feature a new guest artist under the Inspiration tab in the sidebar (that will appear March 1, when we post our first guest's contribution). Each guest artist will contribute a piece of art, and you'll be invited to respond with original art of your own: anything, in any medium, whatever the guest artist's piece brings out in you. Give it form, then show it to us! Write stuff. Photograph stuff. Draw stuff. Cook stuff. Make a bracelet. Knit some socks. Put on a puppet show. Listen to what the piece says to you, then say something back.