Found Art, Kept Art

If you read this blog, you know I find art in odd places–in sidewalk stains made by hard water, in paint splotches on walls. Today’s example was a blob of blue paint on the sidewalk. That’s it, below.

bird in the rough

found art: bird in the rough

My “rules” are simple–I can turn the photo any way, and I can use all the colors in the image as my palette. I can’t erase any of the mark, all I can use is color pencils and pick out details and suppress others. No erasing, no cutting.  In this case, the fact that the paint blob was blue helped. It looked like a bluebird–if I turned it upside down.

So the crack in the sidewalk became a tree and a branch for the bird to land on. The extended blob beneath him was lightened to become a shadow bird. And there it is, another piece of found art.

bluebird, complete

Found art: bluebird, complete

If you want to have fun yourself and turn it into something esle, send me your version and I’ll run it in this post.

–Quinn McDonald is a writer and certified creativity coach who helps clients through change, transition and re-invention. Through her company, QuinnCreative, she runs workshops on writing and ideaglyphs–private symbols that create meaning.