During the months of November, 2009 through the start of February, 2010 The Geauga County Park District held The DiscARTed Art Show revolving around the theme of recycling. Artists submitted a range of works from stringed instruments made from cigar boxes (a bluegrass band played them the night of the opening), to lamps, jewelry, wall art, huge iron sculptures......
I submitted this book.
Last spring our school librarian was getting rid of boxes and boxes of books, to make room for more computers. (I've got mixed feelings about that.)
I took many of the books for conversion to Art; for both me and my students. The book I reworked was from a series called THE GREAT IDEAS. Full of writings by philosophers of whose work I know next to nothing. The first page (shown above) includes some of the names; Cervantes, Descartes, Spinoza, Newton, Locke, Hume. Faraday--these last three names are significant for any LOSTIES out there!
When I started with the book this summer, I used the pages in a random fashion for wiping my excess paint from my brushes. Which then becomes a nice start for sketching, painting or collaging on.
What you see here is the Front Cover and the inside cover (p. 1)
Collage, oil paint, oil pastel, photographs, string.