Sunday, August 23, 2009

Art is in the Wind....

My fabulous funky art mama friend, Christine is an artist and teacher who has been updating her blog with all kinds of fun art ideas. She has some terrific ways to spend these last few days of summer with your friends or children creating meaningful works of art. Many of the projects are inspired by works from other artists. The pieces are tactile, spiritual and sometimes folksy. The beauty and understanding of folk art is accessible to anyone, as an art teacher that is so important to her, "Everyone has the creative power to make their life beautiful and meaningful." One of my favorite ideas is the Treasure Box Collage 'cause we all know we have little treasures and trinkets too small to do much with but sentimental enough to hang on to. This project is a great way to put all those things to work or to add found objects and symbols to create something beautiful and magical. It's similar to a Personal Shrine I made last year (and I'm still working on...what's the saying, "Art is never finished...only abandoned" - Leonardo da Vinci)...These are pieces you can work on your entire life that can tell a story using only the bits, baubles, and beauty of everyday life. It is a way to catch those moments of magic and beauty to create a record of something fleeting or not...something in the air...something tossed with the wind.