Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: A Bird Does Not Sing Because It Has An Answer. It Sings Because It Has A Song. -Chinese ProverbI have been working on a number of mixed media collages for sometime now. The one that drew me to this quote is not ready for sharing yet...or maybe it is...it is definitely a work in progress! Maybe I'll give you a peek a bit later in the week. It began with images of blue jays and has evolved, quite slowly I might add, from there. Today I decided to pull the piece back out and continue working on it and I felt it needed some words. So I started looking for quotes about birds and came upon this perfect proverb. It was exactly the message I needed to hear. Why do we create art? Not because we have answers or feel like we are creating the perfect piece. We create art because we have a song to sing. There are notes inside of us that need to be expressed. And so we sing.
I did feel like I made enough progress today on this piece from last week that I decided to share it with you today! Doris, if you're reading this, I'll be curious about your thoughts on where I'm taking this :) Let me share with you how I've gotten this far. It began on my birthday on Oct. 21st! A friend gave me a gift and the gift was wrapped in beautiful tissue paper. Once I started working on this piece, I knew the tissue paper had to be incorporated in some way. So, I took the tissue paper and adhered it to a canvas board using matte medium. Here is what it looked like after that step was complete: