Thursday, August 5, 2010

A pie and a book - 2 creative endeavors!

In anticipation of my son coming home from Africa, I went blueberry picking last week, and this Sunday my son and his friends put together this delicious blueberry pie. Pretty nice!
:-)

After reading Erica's blog http://artprojectgirl.blogspot.com/ yesterday about an inspiring painting professor, I decided it was time to get creative. So, I finally started painting and collaging my altered book, that I talked about in the blog back when school was ending. This project is in preparation for making these again with 6th graders this fall. Earlier this summer I began by cutting into the book to create my river, and then gesso-ing all surfaces to be painted.

The book is based on the lyrics of the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. I chose it because the lyrics have such magnificent visual imagery. These are the first two pages:

Picture yourself on a boat in a river,
with tangerine trees and marmalade skies...

Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly -
the girl with kaleidoscope eyes.

a couple of close-ups:

Darn, the best photos keep entering sideways so these will have to do. It's hard to see that the pages have depth cut into the river. I think I'm going to add some silly collage fish in the river.

In book pages still to complete, images include: towering cellophane flowers of yellow and green, newspaper taxis, plasticene porters with looking-glass ties, a girl with the sun in her eyes, and of course, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Hope I can get it done!

4 comments:

  1. Wow! That book is awesome the kids are going to be so inspired to make theirs when they see this. I can't wait to see all the pictures please post! Thanks for the link. Blueberry pie! I'm drooling. It's the best for b-fast. Maybe you will inspire me to cook! Right now I'm off to a wedding in upstate NY so I guess I will just have to settle for eating for now.

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  2. Great idea! So creative, too! Hope we get to see the whole thing.

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  3. Congratulations on getting started on your altered book. I keep meaning to do it, but have never gotten around to it.

    The pie looks YUMMY!

    jan

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  4. I absolutely LOVE the altered book! I want to make one now.

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