Tuesday, January 5, 2010
As a mother, homemaker and artist, I am always thinking artistically, not just when I am sitting down doing a painting, collage or sewing. Artistic creativity flows into every aspect of my life, including cooking and home decor. For example, when cooking, I think not only of the nourishing benefits of the dish I am making, but of the presentation.
Recently, when the children and I were out enjoying the outdoors, I spotted pine cones everywhere. So we filled the trunk of the mini-van; and when I came home, I set about making little displays with them about the home, bringing the beauty of nature into the home. This was my art for the day. We may use some for a craft later, spraying them with paint and/or sprinkling them with glitter. We may spread some with peanut butter and then roll them in bird seed and put them outside for the birds to enjoy.
This was such a simple thing but very fulfilling. We are enjoying them very much, even my seven year old son, who sees them as great targets for his Nerf guns, is enjoying them in his own way, as he blasts them with one bullet after another. Now I must go and pick up the little pieces that have broken off after his last shooting session.
I would love to know if you have found things in nature that you have used for the home or for your art and what you have done with them. Please share. And if you email me pictures along with your website, I may just post them here. You can find my email address on my profile.