Patti Edmon Altered Attic: Seek and Ye Shall Find

Monday, April 20, 2009

Seek and Ye Shall Find


Green is the theme for this week's Inspire Me Thursday, in honor of Earth Day on the 22nd. This collage, the third in a series of 6 x 8's, seems an appropriate response. Seek is the title and though not visible unless you click on the photo for a closeup, the dictionary definition for 'find' is pasted to the left of the hands holding the, um, bird's nest (earring). 
Speaking of finding, while foraging in a thrift shop on spring break I came across several cards of Wilton porcelain roses and leaves that were ivory, maybe even white a few decades ago. I grabbed 8 cards for $2 and looked for a way to use them as soon as I got back; I painted a few of the leaves with alcohol ink before gluing them on the tree. I suppose using discarded jewelry, buttons, rusty stuff and other treasures in mixed media is a form of recycling.  
Thanks to an upper respiratory ailment I've fallen behind on my swaps, forget about the laundry and other chores, but it's hard enough to be creative without wondering if it's the phone or my ears ringing. I have a couple more canvases started, workshops to check in on and several new colors from the Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint line...  hopefully I can go play again soon.
As Earth Day approaches, I'll be looking for more ways to go green; I'd love to know how you celebrate our precious environment - and I can use the tips, so please share!

14 comments:

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

i love this! so very beautiful.
xoxo nita

Karin said...

WOnderful collage Patti - i love the imagery, textures, colors... and it's got the recycling theme for Earth day with reuse of old jewelry going for it :)
Boy, how do I go green - let me count the ways! When I'm warming up the water to wash my face at night I fill up watering cans for my plants with the cold water till it gets warm; I use compostable plastic garbage bags that decompose in a few months time (great product from http://letsgogreen.biz/ ); of course all my paint mixing containers are from plastic container empties; I'm a 19 year vegan, which reduces all kinds of energy and water use (2,500 gallons to produce 1 lb of beef); I eat locally, organically, and shop at local farmers markets as much as possible; been driving a Prius since 2001... just call me an eco nerd :)

katie jane said...

This is a great collage, Patti. And so appropo for Earth Day. Hope you are feeling better soon. Seems this bug's been around the country and back.

quiltchick said...

What a fab colllage...beautiful colours and I love the hands gently holding the nest.

trish said...

lovely work! thanks for the comment on the doodle bug:) it didn't seem to take too long, but I really didn't pay attention to the time-yes, you should just jump in and work in your moleskine:) I have found if I don't like something, I just put a coat of gesso over it and start again, and it is really cool to see the layers showing underneath too- I'd love to see it when you get started:)
take care!
Trish

Marie Reed said...

seek and ye shall find a great altered art blog! I certainly found that here today!

Shawn Borror said...

wow this is lovely!!

Susan Tuttle said...

Lovely, lovely! The colors are so vibrant -- this piece just seems to come alive -- perfect for Earth Day and Spring!

Good for you for forgetting about the laundry:)

Chrisy said...

A gorgeous inspiring artwork...I think just being more conscious of our impact on the environment is helping most of us make some changes..

Ian said...

That's a great collage. I love the natural colours.

Contessa Kris said...

This piece is so beautiful! I especially am enamored with the little bird and the beautiful buttons. I have a 'thing' for buttons and have so many. The background is what intrigues me. How did you layer that? Love it all!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I thought I would pay you the same compliment.

Taluula said...

Woweee this is just stunning. Brilliant piece.

paper-n-soul said...

Beautiful, Patti! Hope you're feeling better...

Deb

Jo said...

Your choice of colour in this piece are beautiful! LOVE THIS:)

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