Monday, March 12

Abandoned Art Project

Months ago I found this great website devoted to Abandoned Art . I love the concept. It's called The Art Abandonment Project. The idea is to create small pieces of art and abandon them to the world, for an unsuspecting person to find. It could be anywhere, at the beach, on a park bench, on the trolley, or on the table at a cafe. Share a part of yourself and set your art free into the universe, just for the pure joy of it. 

Abandoned art at a soccer stadium in Gulu, Uganda  
How often have you created a piece that you're not able to finish? The creative juices stop, ideas fall away, you're sick of looking at it, your creativity turns to another piece, time runs out, and you are on the edge with this piece. It haunts you, and you ask yourself "What can I do with this thing...collage over it, splash acrylics on it, or just stuff it back under a pile until I am inspired to give it new life?" Sound familiar? This is a great way to recycle art, give it a fresh start through the eyes of someone else.

The Abandoned Art movement began around 2012 by an artist, Michael deMeng. Abandoning art in random public places for others to discover, keep and enjoy, was something he had been practicing for years already. I find it fascinating, so I've summarized some of his tips and suggestions below.
  • It's important to let one's art live a life beyond its creator. Imagine what becomes of your art after it is gone.
  • Some artists can't seem to let go of their work…even when they sell it.  This is a great way to learn to move on.
  • It's a generous way to share work with an unsuspecting human being. We all struggle to make ends meet, and this is a way to encourage people to stay involved in the arts.
  • This is good for the soul. A random kind act.
Here is how to play:
  • Create a piece of art (as simple or as elegant as you like), or recycle an existing piece
  • Write a little note explaining that the art is a gift. 
  • Also mention that if the finder would like to share info about it's fate they can contact you via email. Then you can share the info with the Art Abandonment group if you wish. Its not a bad idea to leave you're web address contact info. 
  • Also a good idea, photograph the art you're leaving behind.
  • Share the location and photo of your gift on the Art Abandonment page for all to enjoy:

Examples of notes that some artists have attached to their art:

"I am one of many artists who want to share a small slice of what we love to do. If you are so inclined, please leave a message to this address to inform us of it's fate."

"It's Your Lucky Day! 
You found FREE art! 
Keep it pass it on, or just leave it here.
Please let us know you found it:
(insert email here)
Art Abandonment encourages artists
to leave art in various locations around
the globe for a lucky, unsuspecting
     person to find like YOU!"

This is a gift! It has been secretly placed here for you to discover and enjoy.
I am one of many artists that want to share a part of what we do.
Please leave a message using this email and let us know its fate.

Please share your process if you decide to participate!!

Sunday, March 11

💚 After a lengthy silence...

I have finally found my way back to my space. My mind has been wanting to return to this canvas to spill ideas, stories, art, poetry. Without realizing it, I slipped into a hiatus of sorts. Distracted by health stuff, work stuff, retirement stuff, home repair stuff, road trip stuff, losing an old kitty and adopting new kitten stuff. That's a lot of stuff. The biggest change has been my recent retirement, and I am looking forward to my new creative life! Emerging after a year of absence feels like an awakening, like footsteps crunching across fallen snow and arriving in the light.

Image result for spring winter images

So, while spring creeps in and winter transitions to another hemisphere, it's time for me to renew my pages, and put on a fresh coat of paint. I wish to share new poetry, art, ideas, hopes, and successes. I have so many creative ideas brewing. This blog site will be changing as I evolve as an artist and a poet. I invite you to please follow my new and improved blog, and share your creative journey and ideas, too.   💜💙💚