Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Egg Artscapes

I have been saving eggs for awhile to make an unusual painting on a large canvas.

When we woke up to this fresh snowfall yesterday I had a better idea for the canvas because when life gives you lemons the best thing to do is to make lemonade. Those of you who know me, know I am not a winter girl so a surprise snowfall of 5" was a shock to wake up to in mid April.
We decided to take this fresh winter white canvas and paint it with some beautiful bright spring colours that mother nature just can't seem to give us yet in our neck of the woods.

"Nature always wears the colours of the spirit" -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We put all our washed and dried egg shells back into the egg carton and poured some bright coloured tempra paint into them. I only filled them about 1/3 of the way and then we headed out to the wood pile.

FYI: If I were to do this activity again I would fill the eggs closer to the top as the strength behind my girls throws were more like a toss and half the time the paint just trickled out instead of an explosion of colour.
 The girls weren't quite sure at first... "you want us to do what?"' says Sierra.
 It didn't take them long to get into it though.

 "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up" - Pablo Picasso

 Sometimes the eggs didn't break and we got to throw them again.

 “Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ” - Oscar Wilde

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton

So Father Winter and all your white, we give you a gift; the gift of colour, the gift of art, a gift born from inside our creative souls as we wait for Mother Nature to bless us with the arrival of Spring and all her glorious colours.

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant" -Anne Bradstreet

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