Okay, so here's the deal, the bottom line, in brutal honesty. I'm still trying to find my way out of my extended art slump, and just not sure how to do that, or when it might happen. I keep hoping and praying it will happen soon, but who knows? It could happen today, tomorrow, or beyond that. I dread thinking of the "beyond that". I feel certain I will find my way out sooner or later, and that even yes, there is a reason for it, one I don't understand. I'm not "okay" with it, especially concerning my blog. But then again, learning to be "okay" with it might be the best approach and help me out in the long run. I'm not sure where true inspiration and motivation come from, it seems to be rather mysterious to me. If I could just produce it on command, that would be so great. However, sad to say, I haven't figured out just how to do that. If I ever do, I'll be sure and let you know.
This is another spread in my cherished Melange Book. I definitely love the right page more, because I'm a nut for using rusted found objects in my art. And I have a great stash of RFOs, one that might be the envy of many, most scavenged from my local truck stop parking lot. So there's a tip for you. The background on this page is wallboard joint compound. I think I also used some walnut ink crystals misted with water. The snake and centipede were added last, kind of as an afterthought, but I like them, even though they are kind of creepy. I also used fabric threads and cheese cloth.
I'm wondering, how many of you out there use rusted found objects in your art? And if you do, where do find them? Do you get excited when you find them....like I do? And are we crazy to get excited about a rusted object we might find? Most sane people would say yes, and not understand at all. But hey, with us artists, it's mostly a "given" that we understand quite well. It has to do with the heart of an artist, in my humble opinion. And with something found unexpectedly that can be used in our art. And with recycling something in a creative, positive way that would normally be thrown in the trash. And with the nature aspect of it, of nature causing and creating the rust. And with the rich color and texture, that is hard to replicate any other way. These are the reasons I love rusted found objects and love using them in my art. If any of you have anything to add to this discussion, please do so. I'd love to hear what you have to say about rusted found objects. I think it's a subject well worth discussing.
So anyway, here is my latest post on my blog. And I'm happy to post this for the first time. And if it stirs up a discussion on RFO's, that's great and would do my heart good.