It has come to my attention that things I find absorbing are the very same things that most people find, well, boring. Not everyone, of course. At least two artists of my acquaintance have put a fair amount of time into watching fruit dry. Now that is not something that would spring to mind as inspirational, even to me.
I was looking for a photo I took of Betty Beeby’s dried citrus peel construction but I can’t find it. She ate a tangerine. The peel dried into an attractive curl and smelled good, too. One thing led to another and she decided to make a mobile from dried citrus peels arranged on a framework of chicken wire, just to study the shapes. A little insight into the creative mind.
Now Birgitte, a Danish designer whose photography and collages enchant me, is studying dried apple slices. She’s made two posts about it so far: Apple 2 and Apple. That reminded me of dried apple dolls, which also enchant me. You can see some and learn how to make them at Apple Dolls. Just in case you were wondering. Which Birgitte was.
Today’s prompt: Spend a little time watching the remains of your snack dry, just to see what happens. Surprises are good, as long as they smell nice. Things dry into shapes that remind a person of other things and the next thing you know the imagination is haring off into the underbrush. Follow it!
If you are in a humid summery place, I regret to inform you that this prompt is not a good idea. Fruit peels will not dry so much as they will attract fruit flies. They will not smell good either. Maybe you could fling the peels into the dryer with the thermal blanket and watch them spin. Maybe not.
Write, paint, photograph, weave, carve . . . Create.