After my usual list of start-of-the-day chores, I took the camera for a walk around the garden & took a number of photos. We have had a nourishing amount of rain over the past few days and the plants are showing their appreciation. There are interesting buds popping out everywhere!
Then I came to my beautiful bed of pansies.
I love pansies....especially purple ones, and I was so happy to have a clear patch of garden that I could plant some out in this year.
As the photo above reveals, I'm not the only one who likes pansies. I think the possums do too! Almost ALL of them were patterned with tooth marks!
I RAGED (internally)!
Think wailing & gnashing of teeth.
Think screaming & pulling hair out!!
During that time, I pondered whether I could turn this devastating experience into something positive. Could I use the tooth-marked pansies as my inspiration for this week's art project?
Back home, I took a photo of every chewed-upon flower, sat down at the computer, chose my best 9 & printed them off on a sheet.
This was going to be quite a different exercise & would require an equally different approach.
A few years ago, I participated in a workshop with the British artist Gizella Warburton. One of the exercises she encouraged us to try involved....
I took each photo & studied the line those toothmarks created, then copied those lines onto my paper strips.
It had been my intention to then sit down with each sample & 'find' words.
Therefore, it was with anticipation that I expected to look for the language within those squiggles of teeth-bitten pansy lines.
Here it goes...
This project has taken a lot of time & a lot of work today, but I have enjoyed every minute. I hope it inspires you to value the beneficial & essential work of 'play' in your art making practice too. :-)