Sunday, March 29, 2009

Nature Art


This is a 4x6 inch piece I did over a year ago and posted on my blog way back then. I'm posting it again now because I want to enter it into the Saturday Surprise challenge, of which my good art friend Heather Robinson is hosting. The theme this week is Mother Nature. Also, when I first posted this piece my blog was very new and not that many people knew about it or visited. So this time around perhaps more people will view and hopefully enjoy it. If you want to know how I made this piece, here's the link to my first post, where I explained that. http://valsalteredheartjourney.blogspot.com/2008/02/ive-been-good-little-art-do-bee.html

Regarding nature art, I love it. It's one of my favorite themes. I mean, what could be better than using items from nature to create art? I used tea dyed cheese cloth to wrap this piece, kind of like a present I guess. I love using cheese cloth in my art, and love it even more if it's tea dyed. The idea to wrap it like this came at the very end, when I thought it was done. But it wasn't quite done yet, according to my muse, Bonita. Oh yes, I do love her....but sometimes she can be frustratingly contrary and unpredictable. However, on this piece she came through for me, and I think wrapping it with the cheese cloth was the exact right thing to do. Thank you Bonita!

Lately I've been involved in a heart postcard swap in one of my favorite yahoo groups. I've already posted two that I've made, and will be posting a few more in the near future. Oh, it's so good to be making art again, after a dreaded art slump. Making art rocks!!! And Bonita has been very supportive and cooperative lately, which makes my heart sing.

8 comments:

Heather Robinson said...

Oh Val! When I saw the first piece, I thought about brushing away the decayed leaves of autumn in the spring to find new growth and renewal. You artwork always excites me. I feel my heart race a little faster when I see it because it is so unique and extraordinary. What a treat to have you join us this week. Hugs....

Amy said...

wow, unique in everyway and clever that it all opens up like that! Interesting piece

Diane said...

This is wonderful and full of meaning! Excellent!

Carla said...

This is so clever. Love the idea of wrapping it in cheesecloth!
c
(www.leafdays.com)

mary schweitzer said...

I think one of the keys to good art is that it appears to be effortless. Even tho I know how much work goes into an amazing piece like this, it looks as if it were found on the forest floor! As always, my friend, I am in awe of your work and vision.
Mary

Viv's Visuals said...

A lovely piece and it reminds me of the fragility of our natural surroundings....

Faye said...

Val, your nature art is fabulous. I love all the texture.
Faye

Dawn said...

Val this is wonderful... I love the pure naturalness of it - wow! glad your muse is back... oh and I am still putting goodies together for you for the ab group (couple of things I need to pick up x)

Thanks for visiting my blog, you are such a sweetheart xx