Looking vs Seeing: A 2013 Artistic Challenge


 This is the second artistic challenge project I have completed. January’s introduction and first project can be seen HERE

 February is when I start to think about gardening. It’s the time of year when daylight hours are noticeably longer and we start to stir from winter’s hibernation. It’s easier to get up in the morning and easier to drive home at night from work. And didn’t that infamous eternal groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predict an early spring?

 The energy the sun exudes cannot be underestimated! It always awakens a fresh hope and anticipation of expectation, and I find myself overrun with ideas as the days grow longer.

I recently went out and took some pictures of my property where I intend on doing some landscaping this year. This particular spot is about 10 by 15 feet. I began to imagine myself sitting here in the warmer months and drawing, bird watching, or even napping! I love color and texture and natural fragrances, and pretty soon I was inside a lovely little world of herbs and flowers!

 I printed my photo onto a piece of acrylic art paper.

 My Connecting Threads ‘junk’ mail had come this week, so I pulled it out and began looking through for colors, shapes, and patterns.

 I started tearing and cutting tiny pieces

 and randomly placing a few on the photo.

 Gluing such teeny tiny scraps is a chore! I added some paint for detail – and of course our fat cat Chubbs had to be there! And then I saw a trellis – reminiscent of the one my son Gabe made for me many years ago – and I wanted that to be my entrance point.

Painted clay pottery adds a lovely artistic flair and can be arranged and rearranged. I imagined several sizes bursting with color and foliage. I envisioned the soil dotted with some ground cover of white allysum and lemon thyme, added some flowers – anemones would be nice – over by the propane tank to hide it a bit, and outlined and shaded here and there.

Lastly, I coated it with some diluted Aleene’s tacky glue and put it into a frame!

I can feel the warmth and smell the fragrances every time I walk by it; and now I REALLY can’t wait for spring!

 Have you read the first article Looking vs Seeing?  Have you tired to see beyond what you normally just look at? Have you ventured into the art realm at all? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences!

 I’ll be back in March with another art project as I continue my artistic journey this year of seeing beyond what I normally just look at!

 A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942

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