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 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!


  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.

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

  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!


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