One of the arts I most appreciate is creating with found art. I love the challenge of making something from only things you can find lying around. I remember drawing a colorful mountain scene at summer camp one year using pigments from leaves, dirt, sticks and other found objects on the mountainside. I was mighty impressed with the teacher who gave us that opportunity.
This past weekend while at the beach I enjoyed watching The Bug create this series of cats using only grass and seaweed that had washed up on shore. No beach toys needed when you instead turn to what you find on the beach for hours of entertainment.
Remembering my camp experience and continually watching The Bug as she creates art from things in nature I'm challenged again to stop and see the beauty in Mother Nature's creations and to create some things using found twigs and leaves myself. There are so many ways to use and manipulate found objects and it is a good exercise for the brain to make something with unusual materials.
Here's one more kitty using seaweed. It has very big ears. I like the variation in use of materials and vision. The face unfortunately is not very clear in this photo. It was getting late in the day and the shadows did not work in our favor.
The great things about art projects made from found objects is that you can do it anywhere. I am definitely going to challenge myself beyond the paint, wood and paper this year.
all photos by kalanicut