4.18.2008

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Inspire Me Thursday just listed their muse for the week, which is the title of this post. It feels fun to celebrate earth day with art. Three things come to mind that I would like to share for this subject.

1) I was wandering through the woods on Earth Day two years ago and a duck in a startled state flew from its resting place at the base of a tree. Since it flew away, in my curiosity I stepped close to see what a duck was doing there and found it's nest. Now this is a wonderful example of reuse and recycle!


2) Last week a friend, Mister T, made me a desk for my workspace, I completely consider this a piece of art! It is a wonderful piece that fits beautifully in my tiny cabin. The legs came from trees on his land. The supporting sticks we found while walking along the river, they were chopped down by beavers !!! And the top I found at what we lovingly call the Olney Mall, which is the green boxes (dumpsters) near the tiny town of Olney. This is where us country folk take our garbage, we have no trash pick up. Someone had thrown a door in the bin because there was a hole in it, but the wood has beautiful grain! I snagged it.



3) My passion is photography, yet recently dabbling in drawing, illustration and painting has occurred. This little painting was colored with red wine, coffee, watercolors, and ink pen. I figure wine and coffee stain cloths just fine, so I used them as paint. They are soft colors, the sphere is wine, the wings and some of the bubbles above are coffee.


Growing up as a teenager, my mother began writing on the walls of our house. She told us that anyone who had something "worth" saying was welcome to do the same. I only remember one thing I wrote "wear it out and use it up, make it do or do without". I am not sure where I heard this saying but it was meaningful to me. Ecology was a word being used often those days and I took great joy in being creative in making things I had or found fill the need of the moment.

11 comments:

  1. three perfect examples of making good common sense use of the things around us. most of us can learn a thing of two from the duck... looks like you already have.

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  2. Marvellous examples of recycling!

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  3. What lovely posts! I have this nest photo of yours displayed to celebrate the new season, and it's good to see you have a larger, recycled table to hold your new tools...and then your art!! You never cease to amaze me miz Tammie!! Love all your heart offerings always!! Love you~ Abigail

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  4. Lovely. I have a hummingbird nest that is a mixture of caulking (fuzzy soft kind) from a boat and mosses. Birds are great recyclers!

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  5. good recycling going on there

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  6. i use coffee in my illustrations sometimes too :) sometimes tea. you have lovely photos and illustrations, tammie :) and you certainly made wonderful use of that discarded door

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  7. I was totally lost in your post, enjoying the stories behind the images.

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  8. Yes, it seems we may have a things or two in common. :) I love your painting and the use of wine and coffee (two my favorite "poisons") is a lovely inspiration!

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  9. Excellent post for the challenge and I'm impressed that you use coffee and wine for painting...brilliant idea! And that table is gorgeous!

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  10. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. That illustration is lovely -- let's see some more!

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  11. When we lived in Winthrop, there was a beaver pond not too far from our house that we would visit. One day while enjoying some quiet moments near his dam, I found myself studying a stick that had been stripped of the bark. I loved the texture that the chews left in the bark, and I thought these pieces of wood would make wonderful furniture! Good to know someone else had the same idea also.

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Tammie