Monday, May 21, 2012

Family Art

Since collaborating with the snake was so much fun, I decided to try another collaborative project. This past weekend, my family met for lunch at my parents' house. After enjoying our sandwiches, we sat down to visit for awhile in the living room. That's when I pulled out the MESSY BOOK!! I explained to everyone what the book club was about and shared how I wanted them to be involved in a project. Everyone was asked to create their own doodles on a page in the book. (I broke a rule because I used a page that was for something else..hehe!) My mom started first and seemed to be having a lot of fun. Then my dad snatched the book and actually took it away into another room! Next was my sister, and finally my husband. Each one of them created some unique things and all of them had fun doing it!

Next thing I knew, my mom was bringing out some artwork that my grandmother had drawn/painted when she was about fourteen years old. These pictures were amazing! Each picture had a date on the back, most of them from 1925! My grandmother was always drawing or doodling on something.

Besides my grandmother, my mom also enjoyed doing art. She painted some great pictures in the 1970's. The two below are from 1978. She learned how to paint from a neighbor who lived across the street! The two of them are still good friends.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Snakes Can Be Messy Too!

This afternoon, I received an usual text from my husband. It was a somewhat blurry photograph of a snake, yes a SNAKE, wrapped around his neck! I'm not afraid of snakes, so this did not freak me out, but rather made me very curious. I gave him a call and asked what was up with the four foot long reptile around his neck. Turns out that the snake was hanging around the high school where he teaches and was about to meet its end. My husband, a science teacher and nature lover (like me!), decided to rescue it. Since the snake was up around one of the school's gutters, he had to climb up on a ladder and pull it down. (Yippee! My own snake whisper!) Later, as I am talking to my husband on the phone, the snake was wrapping itself around his neck...arms...and the steering wheel of the car! Hmmm, this didn't seem like a good idea to me, but my husband sounded to be having a grand time driving home with his new friend.

Me? I couldn't wait to get home and see it! Just so you know, most snakes in Oklahoma are NOT poisonous or dangerous in any way. It was a King Snake with a beautiful pattern on its back. When it was nervous, the tail rattled, mimicking that of a rattlesnake. It was so mesmerizing to watch! I picked it up from the box where it was hanging out and we took it to the backyard. Now it was my turn to let it wrap around my arms, neck, shoulders...down my top (yikes)...and in my hair, which really tickled. Even the dogs were curious and came over to have a sniff, but not too close!

Now it was time for our new friend to help out with a collaborative effort in the Messy Book. I really wanted to have the snake slither through some paint, but didn't know if this would be harmful, so I chose mud instead.(Yes, I got to make mud and play in it!) Laying the snake on the book, it moved around some, but not much. Personally, I think it was planning an escape route...through the grass...up the tree...

Okay, so the snake did its part in the Messy book, and now it was my turn. I recently purchased some new materials (small brayer and teal ink) and decided to give them a try. Loading the brayer with green paint, I randomly rolled across the pages. Next came some stamping, adding a bit of collage, and dripping and blowing the ink. Messy work completed and ready to reveal!

(As a rookie blogger, I still can't figure out why some of my pictures show up normal, then post sideways.)

This was unexpected today, but SO MUCH FUN! It seems like since joining the Messy Book Group that I am constantly trying to think of something crazy to do with my book. I can't begin to express how much I have loved being part of this amazing group.

Living creatively = :) :) :)

**If you are wondering what happened to this is going to school with my husband tomorrow. He is going to share it with his Science classes. Afterwards, we will take it to a new home at an undisclosed location. ;P