My wacky week of art production has been much ado about–you guessed it–tin cans.
It hasn’t been a can of worms, exactly, but it hasn’t yet let up, either. In fact, it may have intensified. To be sure, things in my life are far from calm—far from boring—far from what I’d expected even a few months ago.
Given the pace, I’ve still not read, in a number of days, a single post written by my blog buddies. (Sorry. Truly, I am. I miss you all!) Nor have I written one word of my own. In fact, these few sentences may be as good as it gets for now.
Below, however, are a few photos of my weekend creations. Hope you enjoy.
First are images of a piece I created for my nephew Johnny’s birthday. Recently, Johnny started college and moved into his first apartment. He asked me to make something for his new home that incorporated a palette of black, white, and red. I don’t generally use a lot of red in my work, so this took me a bit out of my creative comfort zone—though not so far that cat food cans weren’t involved. Go figure.
This weekend also launched the college football season here in the US. In honor of that, I created more cat food can Christmas ornaments, one of which, in particular, pays tribute to our local University of Kentucky Wildcats.
I’m going to create two more pieces similar to the one I did for Johnny, only with different color palettes. The first will incorporate purples, pinks, and greens and include, among others, the can below.
The second will also use Coke tabs to explore variations on the flower motif, this time, a tin can garden in green, blue, and pink.
Finally, I couldn’t help but recreate the kind of pencil-holder-from-soup-can I last tried back in Kindergarten. Hopefully, my technique has improved since then.
Today is a holiday in the US, Labor Day to be specific. If you live in my part of the planet, what will you do to celebrate? (Somehow I bet it won’t involve making art out of cat food cans.) If you’re from another part of the world, does your country have a holiday that celebrates the value of hard work and national pride based on that labor?
Happy Labor Day to each of you, wherever you live!
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