Sunday, 27 March 2011

Spring: giving the rotten a new positive life...

This week's Inspiration Avenue challenge theme was "Spring" and after a busy few days caused me to miss  Paint Party Friday I wanted to make sure I didn't miss this challenge as well. Spring inspired many ideas in my mind but it was the idea of beautiful new life rising from rotten winter mulch that led me to my submission. I've recently been having problems with my medication which has been causing me a fair amount of worry and discomfort. So as I looked at blister packs (some of which are shown below)....

...I had an idea to create something new and positive out of the empty packets. Using the packets above, an unused sealed syringe (the needle was sealed off but, even still, don't try this at home), Pebeo & Decoart acrylics and one Pitt pen (for the branches) - here is a picture story of what I did:


The smallest tablets seemed to make the most delicate blossom. The squashed bottoms of the blister packets created interesting shapes.


Repeated stamping, without every time adding new paint, helped create texture (in the simplest sense).


The plunger on the syringe made neat circles with its smooth plastic head. Whilst the sealed needle cap/protector had an interesting pattern.

 The sharp edges of these packets created blades of grass & blended the ground a little.

Obviously the end result is the picture at the start of this post. Its made me feel really good to turn an ugly experience into something prettier. The result is a simple and basic representation of the pretty blossom trees I love to see at this time of year. But, to me, it's symbolic of the way creativity helps me deal with life's challenges. And I always like to transform a negative into a positive wherever possible!

  • How do you use creative activity to transform experiences and give things new life?

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31 comments:

  1. Hi Kat

    This is incredible! What a process and such a beautiful result! I love this painting. And love it even more knowing the anguish behind.

    Big hugs!!

    Re PPF - post it late or post it next week - post two if you get more done. I think it should be seen and as extensively as possible. It is VERY inspiring!

    xox
    EVA

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  2. Kat, Love what you have done here.
    It makes the art more meaningful when you know the way and why it was created. Angst is the best fodder for art.

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  3. Wonderful post Kat! I love that you've used something negative to create something lovely and positive.

    Your painting is really pretty and full of hope, just like the spring blossom :)

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  4. This is so beautiful.Spring blooms... hurt fades Wow....this is so cool to create beauty from painful reminders...lovely work Kat.

    Annabelle >^..^<

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  5. Oh I LOVE your painting! And that you've taken the negatives of your experience and turned them into a very definite POSTIVE! :) Beautiful!

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  6. I swear art is the best therapy!! If only we could bottle it up and take some when the going gets tough :) Your tree is so beautiful, the delicate branches...great recycling technique! Hope you're feeling better :)

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  7. First of all, the picture is beautiful. Second, I like how you took something that worried you and turned it into a tool for creating something so beautiful. It is delightful - and what a powerful message!

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  8. WOW love THIS
    How neat We can all learn from you!!

    Shel

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  9. Great therapy. How very interesting how your creative mind just jumped right in to get great results from something causing worry. Great job.

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  10. What a great way to reuse something. Those blister packs make a great texture! I've used things like paper towel rolls and the like but never even thought of this. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Hi Kat, when I saw the picture I thought Gee, how very pretty and then when I saw the story of how you created it...well, I am in awe!
    How fantastic-ly creative... and your positive attitude is yet another reason I admire you :)

    PS: I was thrilled to see you are to become a member of our team...YAY!!! XOXX

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  12. I love the picture as it is and love the idea/meathod behind it too

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  13. Such creative way to make a painting. The bright colors makes the tree pops. Well done!

    And hope you're getting better. ;)

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  14. Yay..Hi Kat....so fabulous..gorgeous art..and wonderful process...powerful and healing...we are kindreds!!
    Shine on...
    Victoria~

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  15. You amaze me. Such a positive outlook on life! This turned out so beautifully. Hugs to you.

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  16. Thank you for sharing the process of turning pain into beauty.

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  17. Kat, I love this!! I adore the fact you've used something negative to create something so positive and beautiful. I hope too, in keeping with the idea of spring, this marks a fresh start on the health front. Hope you are feeling a lot better xxx

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  18. This is such a wonderful way to turn a negative into a positive - I'm so glad you added it to PPF :)

    xo
    Kristin

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  19. Wow, Kat. This is wonderful. What a meaningful painting for you (and it turned out looking lovely, too). Sorry you're having such problems.

    Hugs to you! (Thanks so much for the birthday wishes... fun to imagine us sharing a party with plenty of cake!).

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  20. Fantastic! Beautiful painting and wonderful way turning a negative experience into a good one! Your always so inspiring!

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  21. EVA, gemma, artangel, Annabelle, Pam, Carrie, Carola, Shel, Gloria, Toni, Lisa, PP Viks, Hybrid J, Victoria, Shannon, Sheri, Sam, Kristin, Anne & Missy.....

    THANK YOU all, I loved reading your comments & find them wonderfully kind & supportive. I'm a little sluggish & a bit behind (I tried to have a social life last Friday which didn't help;-) Lol.) but I'm trying to get to visit you all a few at a time. Sorry if I'm not visiting as often as usual. Its great to be a part of such a creative community of inspiring people.
    Thanks
    Kat X

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  22. That is really really beautiful in every sense. (And sorry I haven't replied to your email yet but will do so asap - DPPI journal issue 72 should be out in the next week or so with your article in it - sorry about the unforgiveable delay!!!) xxx

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  23. Wanted to let you know that I found this A-Z blog challenege and many of the bloggers and the ones running are writers, thought I'd let ya know. Here's the link if ya wanna check it out:
    http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/p/sign-up-for-to-z-challenge.html

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  24. Shanta - thank you and no worries about the article :-) X

    Missy - thanks for the info. I'm about to challenge myself to write weekly creative timed challenges as part of my newsletter, so I'm not sure if I shall get chance. But I am tempted because it does look fun. X

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  25. this is a beautiful picture of hope that something beautiful can come out of illness. Wonderful and creative.

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  26. It's great, it is art created from a feeling, the result is amazing. Greetings

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  27. Really beautiful color combination and form. I love that you included the story behind it and process shots! Positive thoughts being sent your way for your health!

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  28. Christine, La Abela & This Tinder - thank you :-)

    Kat X

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  29. What a good use of pill packets! Sorry you are on so much medication. Just want to ask you too, how do you set up the you may also like at the bottom on your post? If you could email me rosiekaplan1 at gmail.com I would be very grateful Love Rosie

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  30. Hi Kat

    What a beautiful picture - and how amazing that you have created the texture and shape from medication packets. I love the metaphor you have used here for creating life - a tree in bloom. And, your tree looks very flexible, which, I sense is where your thinking is coming from - a flexible place hence negative to positive theme - I love it - very inspirational. x

    Thank you for your visit to my blog spot btw and for recommending Creative Everyday - I have signed up to that too! :)

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  31. SwirlyGirl - thank you for that lovely comment :-) Yes the meaning of new life was in my mind but I hadn't consciously thought about the tree being flexible - but it makes sense and I wish I had consciously realised it :-) Thanks for pointing it out.

    Glad you've joined up with the CED challenge. Leah, who is the mind behind it, is lovely and an inspiration -as are many of the participants.

    Kat Xx

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