There are 10 of us sharing a 200 year old house on the coast of Rhode Island this week. Three couples who go back 25 years and 4 exuberant kids ranging in age from 3-10. Another rainy day has not kept us in the house. Two walks to the beach and a long trip to the playground later and everything I brought is wet, but life is good. I've been working my way through all the great artists participating in paint party friday, I finally wrote about my color experiment for the street team, I took a nap, rode my rip-stick all around the playground, and made this little collage. I LOVE vacation.
I took some of yesterdays Neocolor experiments and combined them into today's card. The background card had an aborted sketch of a hibiscus with a particularly obscene stamen which I have covered up. I ripped another colored card and a white card and glued them down. Painted over a piece of newspaper I was using to test my black Sharpies, ripped it out and glued it down. Cut out little spiral patterns from my gum wrappers and glued them down and then drew over them with more Neocolors and Sharpies. I found dozens of strange plastic mesh circles washed up on the beach. (Our little private cove is home to all kinds of strange flotsam and jetsam. The less romantic in our group just calls it trash). I took a few back to the house and used them with my black ink pad to stamp the little grid pattern in various places. I added a few more circles with a white Sharpie paint pen.
It's very fun to "make do" and see what I can make. It's a good reminder that you don't need every new fancy product to make art. Heck, if I was feeling REALLY brave I wouldn't have packed anything and figured out how to make are with a pencil. (imagine that).
We planned to spend this rainy day drawing with crayons on hot rocks from the beach but the oven died last night. I'm really really hoping to find our landlord tomorrow so we can get the oven working again. Hot rocks are SO much fun and we've been waiting since last August to do it again. Plus my plan for scones with every meal has been thwarted after the first batch Sunday morning. Had to settle for homemade pancakes today :)
More fun tomorrow - with or without an oven.