Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wrapped Emotions - Go Feel Life
This week's challenge:
This week let's do crayon rubbings. You will need an unwrapped crayon and thin paper such as tracing paper, onion skin paper, or tissue paper and your eyes and finger tips. During the week observe the texture of the world around you while at home, work, shopping, exploring nature, where ever you go. When you see or feel a texture that captures you, take a piece of paper, lay it against or wrap it around the object. With the side of the crayon rub across the surface, leaving a print of what was underneath it. Walls of buildings, manhole covers, tree bark, fabric...be observant...find something that speaks to you...makes you feel something from sight, then touch it.
I had so much fun with this week's challenge at Wrapped Emotions, that I made two of them. And, will probably make more with the kids (they're not interested at the moment). First, what came to mind was the typical outdoorsy nature rubbings, that I've done before with the kids; bark, leaves, rocks, etc. But, as I looked around this week, the things that stuck out to me were the things I have chosen for my home. Things that I enjoy looking at pretty much everyday. My colorful stained glass window with cats on it that hangs against our back sliding door window. A swirly patterned metal basket that hangs on my dining room wall, a woven basket, and a little gold colored wire basket that Olivia frequently plays with and always ends up out in plain view somewhere in the house. I loved the abstract patterns that it made when I made my rubbings on it. I started with the wire basket with swirly patterns on it. I was drawn to it because of the swirly designs. I just started rubbing, then thought it'd be neat to make a heart shape with it. Then, ideas just started flowing and I thought how it'd be neat to have a different background swirling behind it, so I used the little metal wire basket that Olivia plays with with a different color. I used some pastel crayons because they are just so much brighter and were easy to use. As I was sitting there working at the table I looked up and as I often do was looking at the colored glass window. It's so colorful and just puts you in a good mood looking at it. I love cats, so you see cats throughout my house in many forms. I took the paper and rubbed one of the cat profiles on the paper, then added the swirly background to it.
I then, went back and felt the textures of the original pieces. I don't know why I didn't do that first. I guess they aesthetically appealed to me first, then I remembered Melody's suggestions of touching it, physically connecting with it. I closed my eyes and felt the swirly basket on the wall. I love the curves of the metal. It's cool to the touch. It makes me think about the artist's vision and work that went into creating it. I wonder if he/she gets a sense of accomplishment or pride when creating it. I wonder if they are as happy with how it turned out as I am. I wonder if they know that it brings simple joy to another person. Then, I wonder if my art will bring joy to another person. Or, does it matter. I'm finally at a point where it brings me joy. Not only do I enjoy the process, but I get to look back at it, and feel the emotions that it brings to me.
Wow, I'm really surprised about what I just wrote. I really wasn't expecting that. I have never felt pride or contentment with something that I've created and now I'm getting to do that. It may not mean anything to anyone else, but I can enjoy it and I can be content with it, and......it just makes me feel really good!
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