Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Other Peoples' Trash

A Zen Place
14 x 12
Oil Pastel on Board

When my husband and I moved to Coarsegold, we delighted in exploring out new neighborhood.  I'm always on the look out for new surfaces to paint on, such as, other peoples discards on trash pick up day. One day we were walking down our street. A house was under construction and  I spotted  construction materials left by the curb. One little board caught my eye. I especially liked the flow and patterns of this grainy composite board so I took it home. I knew it was going to be a painting, but not just them. Some months later I got a bright idea. I would use regular and irridescent oil pastels as my medium to highlight the patters in the board I left laying around my studio. What resulted is what you see.

Where do new ideas and inspiration come from? For months I had no plan to make use of the board but suddenly inspiration stuck. Where do you get your ideas? Let me hear from you.

Be sure to check out my new website at  .It was created by friend and fellow artist Kathy Holland  and I am thrilled with it.


  1. I don't know where it comes from and I tend not to want to examine it to closely...but when it hits it feels like it, I actually feel lighter. Love your Zen Board.
    hug, hug

  2. Greetings Anita,

    I refer to this as Abstract Realism, a term I coined a year ago, while searching for a term to describe some of my own art. Even today I was out searching for textures and idea, photographing them for possible creative stimulation.

    I am glad you are looking in areas where few would look.

    warmest regards,

  3. As an artist I am always looking searching for new ideas,new stimuli whatever for motivation. Thank you both Julie and Egmont for our comments.