Thursday, May 28, 2020

Rain's Thursday Art Date: Cracks and Crevices


Before I join Rain today, I want to express my deep sadness for the more than 100,000 people in the States who have now died from the corona virus.  Even though I don't know anyone personally who has died from this virus, it doesn't mean my heart doesn't go out to those who died and to those left behind.  Believe me when I say I have no living relatives, so I can relate to your pain.  You may not believe me, but you will get through this and over time, the pain, anger, despair, and frustration will lessen.  It may take some longer than others, so don't give up on those who have trouble quickly getting past the pain and anguish.  My heart goes out to each of you and your families.

Now let's join Rain with a few cracks and crevices.

Flour resist before the flour has been removed from the fabric.

Flour resist after flour has been removed.  Far fewer cracks now.

Another flour resist after all the flour had been removed and the fabric had been smoothed.

Cracks in paint from a journal page.

Crevices created when I made a collographic plate at Christmas one year.

This is a spoon I altered that has a curvilinear design of classic Art Nouveau.  I added bits of color around the crevices in the spoon handle using alcohol inks.

When I joined Seth Apter's Disintegration Project, this is what I made from my buried pieces.  Lots of cracks in this one.

I got some excellent cracks when I used a crackle technique to make

this journal page.

More cracks and crevices were at play here.

Then there are lacy cracks.

And finally, tree bark crevices on an art piece.

Faux cracks on a building holding this giant ape.

Bark of my tree.  I love my tree.  It provides shade in summer and warmth in winter.  It had a twin until the day some sadist took a chain saw to it.  My tree got sad because it lost its twin.  I don't normally anthropomorphize animals or trees, but I believe my tree is as sad as I am.  After all, they were there, standing side by side, a lot longer than I've owned my property.

Bark from another tree, not mine.

I love the cracks and crevices this tree produced.

Before

and after cleaning cracks in my old veggie bed border. 
 Shattered glass (hard to see the shatter at the top) after a large tree limb fell on my neighbor's old car.  That's it for now, I think.  I'm sure I'll think of more examples once others share their photos.

All art created by me.  All photos taken by me.  Bleubeard slept through most of this.

Thank you beyond belief for visiting today.  I am truly grateful to you, my friends, followers, readers, and lurkers for visiting.  Please also join me at Rain's Thursday Art Date.



26 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Yes, it s awful how many people have died of the Corona virus, and the death toll in the States was very high. And it's not over yet. You found lots of wonderful cracks and crevices to show us, well done. Have a fun day, Valerie

Elkes Lebensglück said...

Furchtbar wie viele daran verstorben udn immer noch müssen die Risse sind Gross! Deine Kunstwerke passen grossartig zu Rains Thema fabelhaft wie du sie gemacht hast und ausgedacht wie mit dem Löffel oder auf einer Wand. Die Ntaur hat so vieles zu bieten davon und auch das Ereignis mit dem Autoglas!
Wundervoll hast du das Thema aus gearbeitet, klasse!
Nun wünsche ich dir einen guten Tag ohne all die Risse und Spalten
Lieben Gruss Elke

Iris Flavia said...

I know no one who was infected by corona, either, nor any of my friends and family do, I wonder where they get the numbers from, here they are very "exact" and hence it must be a daily lie.
At least here in Germany they do not test enough people...
But I agree, no matter the reason you loose a loved one, it can take forever to really overcome it.

Cool idea with the flour, it even made a heart! And the cracks sure look as if they were planned, too.
Well, a tree is a living being, right, who really knows if they can feel.
I once read a book of a scientist who claimed animals cannot think.
I just read a book that proofs him wrong, certainly!

Well, Bleubeard is a tad "disrespectful" to your work, no, LOL! ;-)

Bertiebo said...

You're so so so right!

aussie aNNie said...

I thought your title was referring to my face, haha...love your post.xx

froebelsternchen said...

You are so right Elizabeth!
Wonderful pieces!

I love trees as well and have some special tree-friends on my walks which always get a hug when I meet them!
Trees are awesome, they even take care of their babies ... I saw a fantatstic documentary about trees and forests recently ...it simply is stunning!!!
Big hugs
Susi

L said...

Beautiful work! Wonderful examples of the topic,, you give 100% with everything you do!
We won’t soon forget the toll corona virus has taken this year.

My name is Erika. said...

NICE cracks and crevices. And love the art views too. I have read that trees communicate through releasing chemicals, so your tree probably is "sad" not to have those connections any longer. I suppose those neighbors wanted more sun or more driveway. Hope its a good THursday. Hugs-Erika

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Nice crackle art. I can't believe someone took a chainsaw to your tree! Did you notify the police? How bizarre and awful.

kathyinozarks said...

Always so sad to have people die from a virus-pandemic like this. my prayers go out to the families. The positive though is that over 490,000 have survived this virus in our country so far.
I love all of your crackle art pieces-many great techniques here-thank you for sharing them with us Kathy

Christine said...

Wonderful cracks and crevices you found for us! Beautiful work with the flour. It is a scary time for us all.

RO said...

I've known of a few people who have been sick from the virus, and found out about it by phone because we haven't seen each in awhile. Thankfully they all came out of it with no major issues. Me, well I ended up getting a yucky sinus infection that almost knocked me out. It probably didn't help that I didn't rest as much as I should have, but much better now. I'm glad you're doing better these days too. You've really done a great job of showing the intricacies of trees, and I love how you get me to look at everyday things in a new light. If the world ever runs out of herbs, I'm headed to your house too(lol) Air Hug, RO

Divers and Sundry said...

100,000 and counting :( A tragedy :(

I love the crackly look in your art. Such cool designs!

It's sad to lose a tree. It alters the whole neighborhood :(

CJ Kennedy said...

That was a fun page to look at all the different kinds of cracks.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

what a great post today Elizabeth !! enjoyed this one and I bet you can guess which two da tabbies favored :) ♥♥☺☺ and I am sorry to hear about the tree that was sawed....the power company has done that to many homeowners here, claiming the tree is going to get in the way of the power lines....funny; it hasn't to date ~~~~

Jeanie said...

Wonderful examples, Elizabeth. I loved how you found the ones outdoors, too, not just the art but the photos. That 100,000 milestone is a huge one -- and then add to it those who were seriously ill and may still be recovering. It breaks the heart.

Susan Kane said...

Valarie said all I wanted to say. Such beauty around such tragedy.

craftytrog said...

Some wonderful examples of cracks and crevices Elizabeth.
I am a tree lover too. My husband is in the process of cutting down a large fir tree in our garden, which makes me very sad. I lost the argument 😔
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
Alison xx

butterfly said...

Oh, wow wow wow - you can probably guess how much I loved this post. As a crackle fanatic there's so much here to tickle my fancy! Fabulous inspiration, thank you... and I'm going to have to have a play with some flour soon (and try to avoid explosions!).
Alison x

DVArtist said...

Wow!!!! Great examples of cracks and crevices. Your garden looks great. Is it in your front yard? I can't do that here. It will be destroyed or stolen. Everything I grow is in the back yard. I feel your heart about the covid victims. Have a great day my friend.

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

You show your sensitivity in more than one place in this post. Your opening statement goes without saying ... how could this happen? It makes me so sad and, as I am an old poop who is vulnerable, it is a little scary that it has and continues to happen. The other place that drew me to you was your discussion of your tree that was victimized by a fool. I have had that same distraught feeling more than once in my lifetime as I have witnessed the loss of trees to illness and the wasted cutting of trees for someone's convenience. Each time I mourn them because they are the source of breath on our planet and they are too magnificent to be mistreated. And the art work you used to show cracks and crevices is all magnificent. You do wonderful things with your life and we both love our cats :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

Rain said...

I love that "flour resist" technique, I've never seen that, it's pretty neat! I really like your Disintegration Project piece, it's very nice. That giant ape is amazing! Loved seeing that! Elizabeth you're not the only one who feels emotion for trees...I believe that every living thing has the capacity for emotion. It's very sad when "sadists" as you put it, show no respect for nature and it's value.

Lowcarb team member said...

You certainly found a good selection of cracks and crevices to show us.
Well done :)

All the best Jan

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! What fabulous examples! Just love a bit of crackle!! Hugs, Chrisx

NatureFootstep said...

much to see in your post. My favorites are the spoon and the crackle technique cracks :) Looks great.

J said...

Morning Elizabeth, it’s very sad that so many people have lost their lives and families loved ones,

I love the bark on your tree, that’s why I love the palm trees when they are cut and shaped, there’s so many textures from top to bottom.
You have some lovely artwork and I do love the look of crackle, your pieces have crackled really well.
Have a great weekend Elizabeth and keep safe.
Jan x