Let’s have a day off from traditional forms of being creative and embrace something a little different. You can use anything you like to make a piece of art. As children, my brother and I turned one of his bedroom walls into a work of art with coloured streamers stuck on to the wallpaper with glue! Having creative parents meant that we didn’t get into trouble! We know children can be creative but how creative can adults be?
Plastic Bags are a great place to start. Look what Pascale Marthine Tayou created for the Art Basel Unlimited 2015.
Pascale Marthine Tayou (born 1967) is a Cameroonian artist who works in various mediums and seeks to artistically redefine postcolonial culture and raise questions about globalisation and modernity.
But soon of course we won’t have plastic bags so you will need to turn to- perhaps those old cassette tapes you can’t bring your self to throw away. Here is Ghost in the Machine: Bob Dylan By Erika Iris Simmons. Erika works in the medium of cassette on canvas.
Erika Iris Simmon (born (1983) is an artist from St. Louis, USA who uses old cassette tapes to create artistic celebrity portraits.
I'm sure most of us had a Mr Potato Man when we were young. And of course Vincent painted a lot of potatoes and people who worked the soil growing potatoes. But what can you do with just potatoes- oh, and a few spare Barbies! Gerhard Vormwald (1948-2016) was a German photographer who mainly did surreal photography but did create a work of art with potatoes and Barbie dolls titled: One cubic meter potatoes,one cubic meter barbie (1993). Interpretations of the intended message are most welcome.
Okay, so you're not into potatoes and you want to keep your Barbies. What about making a career from spilled coffee as does Italian artist
Giulia Bernardelli To quote the artist: I decided to replace the brush by what nature has to offer, such as leaves, fruit peels, or just the food” she told the Huffington Post. “I never plan my work in advance…For example, when I drink coffee, I reflect on the nuances that I could create if I turned it over on the table. And Maria Aristidou is also a spilled coffee artist. Here is her Albert Einstein.
And speaking of coffee- the next time you have a cup you might like to do a quick sketch. Miguel Cardona does just that.
My dad restored old furniture so we lived with a lot of sawdust. I often drew in the sawdust and loved making creative pieces from the shavings which curl in gorgeous shapes. Here is a statue of an owl by Russian sculptor Sergey Bobkov who has said: It's not too interesting to do what others can. To create something out of nothing in a completely new way is far more inspiring.
The Hero Image is also a sculpture done by Sergey Bobkov.
Then there is Noodle Art, Matches Art, Pebble Art, and Button Art. But my favourites I have left to last. Trash art is fabulous as it is helping to save the environment. Look what Samoan Artist Michel Tuffery did with discarded Corned Beef Tins. This is Pisupo Lua Afe constructed in 1999.
One of my subscribers is off to Samoa this week so she needs to know about a few Samoan Artists. Michel Tuffert was born in Wellington of Samoan descent and likes to satirise the negative impact of western culture on the Pacific Islands. The message here is that the production of tinned corned beef has helped undermine fishing, cultivation and cooking customs in Pacific Islands.
And my very, very favourite Innovative Art is Car Part Art. I am very, very tempted to purchase one of these. These have been made by Australian sculptor James Corbett.
I love old car parts. But then it is true that I asked my family to give me a mechanical digger for Christmas. Just a small purple or pink one! One of the highlights of my life was having a ride on one of the massive bulldozers used for making highways. Up and down we went over mountains of dirt at what felt like 90 degree angles. Yes, it was a long time ago before safety rules were enforced.
You can make art from just anything you fancy. Send me your ideas.
As one of my subscribers is off to Samoa for a holiday I thought we would look at some Samoan artists tomorrow so she will know what to buy. We expect a full report on the local art scene.
The error in my painting It isn't Portugal has been rectified. All I did was push the wayward building back in line with the other buildings on the street and therefore place it on the same perspective lines. Remember often a mistake can be easily fixed. For new Blog subscribers this was something we were speaking about a few blogs back.