Natural Objects as Art and Inspiration
This evening I am all things leaves, pine cones, mold, feathers, and stone. You and I both know I have a stack of projects-in-progress on my studio work table but it's so much more fun to show you a little collection of nature-inspired crafty goodness. I can't imagine a time in my life when a wander through the forest or a few hours at the coast didn't reset my inspiration and inspire new projects. Perhaps the two are truly linked for some of us, some of the time.
I love how these artists are not just using natural objects to inspire their work but they are oftentimes using the object to make the actual artwork (as is the case with the leaf prints, crochet stone, and pine cone assemblage too). And they are not just looking at the grandiose landscape or the always-inspired horizon but they are isolating the tiniest object and making it a world all its own.
Sometimes I want to tackle the grandiose through theory and debate and research and then more research. And sometimes I just want to be very, very quiet and grow intimate with the fragile details of things. The older I get, the more time I want with the details and the more time I want to study the details carefully. Perhaps it's like that infamous Robert Frost quote, "The only way around is through."