by Becky Blades
We each bring a unique set of material to our creations.
When I began making mixed media art, I learned that the junk I had been collecting and the ideas that I came up with were as personal as fingerprints. Then, when I showed the work, each viewer made it something different by looking at it through her or his lens.
This piece, which for me was about trying to decide what I wanted to do next with my career, was to one viewer about how she felt when her parents divorced. Wow. She should be stARTing a painting or a poem of her own, right?
What do your experiences, skills, and connections allow you to make that no one else can? What is that thing that only YOU can stART?
And what will it be when it is viewed through the lens of another?
One of my favorite inspirational web sites, core77.com, pushes the edge of my personal envelope on a daily basis. This is one way to stART making the Western diet more sustainable. Bon appetit! Click here to read more.
Cable TV Cake King Mike Elder stARTed baking after a successful career as a master mechanic. Add entrepreneur and entertainer to baker and mechanic and you have a recipe for stARTist extraordinaire. This Saturday and Sunday, Chef Elder and his TV baking-competition pals will bake, frost and throttle their way to a Guinness Book of World Records attempt when they build a fully functioning car of cake. Holy hybrid, Batman!
It’s happening at the KCCake Fest, which Elder is hosting this year. On Sunday afternoon at the Convention Center, Elder and his pit crew will stART up the “fastest cake car.” Officials say Elder must drive a car covered with “at least 95 percent edible ingredients” at least 10 miles an hour to earn his victory lap. If you’re in K.C., head downtown! The custom cake mobile will make its run down Wyandotte Street at 1 p.m.
I love how Elder’s stARTistry has been sweetening Kansas City. Last year, he stARTed a charity fundraising event that was all about cakes: Icing on the Cake.” The one-day event raised funds for Newhouse, a Kansas City shelter for abused women and children that is dear to my heart. Proceeds from this year’s cake festival will be donated to the Whole Person.
As creative wonder beasts like Mike prove over and again, be careful what you stART! It is only the beginning!
I didn’t set out to make Valentine art. Truth be told, I consider hearts and greeting card sentiments a bit, well . . . trite.
But things start where they stART. Every time I wrap up a session in my painting studio, i make use of the extra paint by swishing it into a heart shape on a scrap of canvas. Over time, the little leftovers began talking to me and commanding a little more respect.
We all know it is folly to disregard what our hearts have to say.
Next week, I am stARTing a line of cards centered on my best-selling art, and I’m launching it with a few Valentine cards and an event benefitting New House, a local domestic violence shelter. StARTistry is helping give fresh stARTs to women who need them most.
StARTistry is always a work of heART!