What if artists spent a whole day just playing now and then? Well, some of us do! Lucky me, I was invited to Abigail Anderson-Shine's beautiful home and studio in Madera yesterday, for just such a day.
Abigail, Lonnie Flowers (from Visalia) and I just played from morning till late afternoon, with a delicious lunch in the middle of the day.
By MY definition, "Just Playing" involves doing a "project" that you have no idea what you are doing when you begin. You just begin. In a well-stocked studio, finding things to work with was NO problem at all. The three of us each began by choosing one or more old cigar boxes that we found appealing in terms of size, shape or construction. Then we started embellishing them.
I chose 2 with tops that opened upwards, with
open fronts. They looked like little tiny theater stages. I covered my first little box with colorful papers, added tassels and a handle made of small blocks. In this photo it is drying.
Lonnie chose a very flat, square, wooden box and Abigail selected 3 square-ish wooden boxes that were all alike. We all worked on the boxes in the beautiful, peacful setting.
|Lonnie working on her first box|
|"Men", complete with a Surgeon General's warning!|
|Lonnie's second box--looking down into it |
at the arrangement of shapes she decided upon
|Abigail's 3 boxes, glued together, being embellished. . . .|
|Right side up|
|From another angle|
|My first little box, labelled "What If?" and topped with a bird|