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EBSQ Spotlight on Fantasy Art: Carmen Keys

This month’s featured gallery is Fantasy Art and it is one of our most-populous and popular galleries at EBSQ.  The artists that are drawn to this genre take the fanciful images and stories that live within them and share them with everyone. Throughout October, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s fantasy artists.

Carmen Keys

Strangely Familiar - Carmen Keys

I love to create whimsical and fantastical art that speaks to the childlike part of us all that looks on small and simple things with wonder.  I am a Christian and my inspiration is always from the beauty, innocence, love, glory, and endless creativity of God.  His creation is a constant source of imagery for my paintings, as I love to draw things from the natural world like plants, animals, and people in a fantastical/imaginative way.  Imagination is a wonderful gift, and it has a way of connecting with others’ hopes and dreams like nothing else does. – Carmen Keys

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Winner For Simon Sez – Dream Time.

This week’s Simon Sez winner is Muriel Areno. It was her photograph of her daughter sleeping that caught the eye of this week’s Simon, Shawn Marie Hardy.  “Simon Sez – Dream Time” was a special theme for her. When she made her choice, she explained.

“I had a really tough time deciding on just one of these images. I thought I had it narrowed down and then Muriel snuck this in.

I had a little secret when I came up with “dream time” – most of you probably know of my New Zealand connection, but there’s also an Australian connection.  I spent a good month surrounded by the brick red earth and the turquoise sky that is the outback, in a remote place off the beaten path in New South Wales, Australia, and it was then that I became very in tune with myself and began to follow my path as an artist.

I fell in love with my surroundings there, and the indigenous people, their art, and the history they created.  I somehow identify with their Dreamtime, and find myself feeling the importance of our dreams and how they pertain to our reality.  The Aboriginal definition of Dreamtime is: The time of the creation of the world in Australian Aboriginal mythology: “Aboriginal myths tell of the legendary totemic beings who wandered across the country in the Dreamtime . . . singing the world into existence.” It has also been translated as “of the past”.

My own fascination with dreams is why I chose the topic and it was so fun to see what “dream time” meant to other artists.  When I saw Muriel’s photo of her beautiful little daughter, 32 years ago, sleeping and dreaming amidst the subdued red and light blue hues surrounding her, I knew this was what I was looking for.  The blurred background and foreground resemble a pastel drawing, very similar to some of the art I saw in Australia, and they envelope the sleeping girl in a cocoon of color.  The peacefulness that this photograph evokes makes me think of the Aboriginal people, and their peacefulness as a society – or at least their attempts to be such. ”

Muriel Areno
Muriel Areno

If you want keep up with Simon Sez, be sure to go to the EBSQ Forum and check Challenge Central. Challenge Central is the place to check on current and past Simon Sez challenges – complete with all the entries, as well as all other EBSQ Challenges.

Congratulations Muriel! We look forward to your turn as Simon.