Thank you so much for popping in.
Wednesday is our Mindful Blog, right?
On Monday, we looked at some lovely artwork created
using peas, rice, lentils and beans.
It occurred to me that it would be a great creative exercise
to make something arty out of nothing.
What I found, as I was searching outside, was that I was 100% focussed on the activity of searching.
In other words, my mind was totally on the task,
not back home at Clarity Towers!
Now be warned.
What I have made is not what you are expecting,
but here’s the thing:
I spent a very happy, peaceful afternoon here in New Mexico,
trying to make a piece of art which reflected what I see around me.
And what I experienced first hand,
is that staying with your hands,
keeping them busy and in tune with your creative head
is very, very rewarding.
Made all the more apparent by using pretty much nothing to be creative, and yet experiencing the same sense of accomplishment as I do when I make a cool piece of stamped art.
All I used were:
a load of dead branches and twigs I had gathered in the yard,
and some fragments of old pottery I also found in the yard.
I saw a lamp in a gallery in Santa Fé, made just with twigs.
It was very beautiful, but it cost thousands!
Perfectly crafted of course, but I decided to run with the twig idea.
So how to tie them together…
I made a base like an old fort,
tying the twigs at four points with the string.
I held it all together with a piece of ribbon
while I was knotting and weaving.
It was really wobbly, because the branches were very tall!
In fact the whole construction was a bit unstable,
but I didn’t want to use anything other than twine.
Thought a cross base might work, but nope.
Mmm….thinking some more….
BUT only about what I was actually doing.
How to make this very wobbly construction more stable….
Then I carefully gathered the four tall branches
and tied them together at the top,
and as soon as the four parts were joined,
it became stable.
Next came the old pottery fragments.
No Dremmel drill at the ready, and again,
I wanted to keep it as authentic as possible.
Much to my delight, the tips of the scissors were sharp enough and strong enough to pierce the stone – after much boring!
Probably didn’t do the scissors much good,
(scissors, paper, stone springs to mind!)
This is true art, man!!
And I was on a mindful mission…
My brother settled in to help me boring holes too…
We spend an hour together, just boring away.
It was anything but boring!
I kept telling him it was fun,
but he wasn’t convinced!
Wasn’t sure where I was going with this now,
but I wanted to hang the pottery fragments in the branches.
It was very simple.
The large piece was the pendulum in the middle,
and the smaller fragments were tied in rows.
I didn’t even want to attach too much symbolism to it;
just wanted to make it look good.
Can you see the large one and the two rows?
The cross twigs I had rejected earlier now came back into the frame – literally.
I found an old postcard I had picked up
in the Georgia O’Keefe Gallery in Santa Fé years ago,
and tucked it into the base.
|Nobody sees a flower – really
It is so small
We haven’t time – and
To see takes time.
Like to have a friend
Then, in my mind’s eye, the piece was complete.
Stands about 4ft tall.
The structure is strong and stable enough;
I mean you wouldn’t employ me as a house builder
or even a Tee Pee erector!
But I like it!
The large fragment in the middle swings like a pendulum.
I have the perfect place for it in the living room.
Branches, twine and broken pottery.
What shall I call it?
“Sticks and Stones”
The point of this?
A perfect example of how staying with your hands,
and doing something which requires a little focus
can keep you completely lodged in the HERE and NOW.
Just like making art
as we Claritystampers and cardmakers and artists do,
but with next to nowt.
Many of you have sent in photos of your
Made with Nothing creations.
Please get inspired and please send me more!
I have a plan…
lots of love,