Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: See The Extraordinary In The Ordinary!
I recently purchased Carla Sonheim's book Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals. I am fascinated by Carla's creative process for drawing her animals - finding inspiration in sidewalk cracks, oil blots on the pavement, the bark of a tree. I took my camera out on a walk with me the other day and started photographing asphalt cracks that I have likely walked by and over hundreds of times over the past few years. Now that I am reading her book, I saw these cracks in totally different ways! Right before my eyes were fantastical horses and mysterious birds! I saw outlines of mystical frogs and magical cats! What was once ordinary had become extraordinary! This mindset came with me as I began to brush together fallen blooms from my Christmas cactus plant. Once I had the fallen flowers and pollen in a pile and I was about to scoop them up to compost them, all of a sudden I noticed a beautiful winged creature - a bird of pink and orange with diaphanous wings! I grabbed my camera and snapped a photo before escorting this lovely bird to the compost bin :) I know that it will inspire a drawing or a mixed media piece! Where can you find the extraordinary in the ordinary????