Monday, June 7, 2010
Day 2 of Creativity Boot Camp, and the creative prompt is "picnic." WTF??? I take a deep breath and think about some of the things I have been wanting to do with plaster (my chosen media), and one of them has been to create certain shapes and collage on them. One of the shapes I have contemplated is a simple dress or shirt. I figure I can make a nice, spring dress that someone might wear to a picnic and then collage on a variety of flowers and heritage images of women.
As I look through my collage images, I find one of my favorite images. . . I don't know who the couple is exactly (beyond friends or relatives of my Aunt Vera) or what the circumstances are, but this photo always reminds me of budding romance. I imagine that the couple met each other while attending a picnic.
As I start to sketch the picnic dress on to the plaster panel, I am having trouble imagining it as a freestanding form, but I really begin to like the idea of it as a dress hanging on a clothesline. I have always been fascinated by clothes hanging on a clothesline, and you can see a favorite photo here and the art journal page it inspired here. As I continue to paint and collage and create, an idea is born for a series of collages on plaster. The series is titled "On the Clothesline," and today's collage is the first in the series, "She wore this dress to the picnic." On the back, I have written, "She wore this dress to the picnic, and memories of the day lingered in its folds." ETA: I came up with the words to tell the story; they aren't a quote from someone else.
I hope you enjoy my creation (and its story).