Collage seems to be the buzz-word in Blogland at present. Art Propelled, who makes the most beautiful wood sculptures and sometimes puts them together in what could probably loosely be called collages, made some ten-minute collages on her blog last week. Derrick (Melrose Musings) had a go at it too. There is something very free and creative about collage - and if, like me, you are no good at drawing, it is possible to put together a pleasing picture.
And that is what creative work is all about isn't it? I am not talking about "great art" here, I am thinking of creative work which gives the creator a feeling of satisfaction.
The time is fast approaching (August 1st) when those of us who did a "bundle" are going to have to post a creative work which we have made from it. At present my bundle sits in my work room, surrounded by the detritus which was once inside it and is now sitting there waiting for me to put it together - I think I shall do a kind of collage, so watch this space.
My greatest difficulty art-wise is that I cannot be "free". I suppose, if I think about it, it applies to other areas too - I have to have a tidy house, I have to file things away, I do not have the ability to just splash paint/materials around and see what happens.
Some years ago, cleaning out a drawer in my parents-in-law's house, I came across a tin full of little keys. What to do with them? You can see what I did with them in the picture - I got a piece of linen and laid the keys on the linen in straight lines and fastened them down. The result is quite a pleasing picture as you can see, and it sits on my kitchen wall. But you have to agree - it is not "free".
So, take heed, I have found a few more little treasures in another drawer and (spurred on by Robyn and Derrick and several other bloggers who have done similar collage work) I intend to "let it all hang out" as they say. No more straight lines and neat and tidy pictures - my next effort (and it may well include my bundle) will be, for want of a better word, exuberant.
That is, unless I lose my nerve!