Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Constructing an Idea

I know it's springtime, but holy moly!  The wind has been INSANE this year.  And not just this season; we've had crazy wind for the past 12 month period.

I mentioned the wind in this post last week, but that was before out next-door neighbors put in their new roof.  Nearly everyone on our block, including moi, has had to get a new roof in the last year or so (we put ours in almost exactly one year ago today).  Turns out the "environmentally friendly" shingles that were used on our newly-built homes in 2002 are not so hot at keeping out the elements.  What a shame that what was supposed to help the environment will just wind up in a landfilll somewhere.

What happens when you combine construction with wind?  You get a whole lot of these guys floating around your lawn:

I believe these were wrapped around the shingle packages. I actually kept some of these last year, when they were working on our own roof, but tossed them when I couldn't think of a way to use them.  This was also part of that same single package, I believe:

But this year, I have an idea, which was furthered by this find a couple of days later:

This may be from the shingle bundles, or some other aspect of the roof, but I'm pretty sure it was part of the construction that day.  I love the color!

And to further my process, I also found this piece of plastic, tangled in our rose bushes:

A-HA!  Now my thoughts are really taking shape!  I definitely have a color scheme.

I'm a big fan of this style of collage (this particular collage was created by William Dole).  I don't know exactly how this is going to turn out, but I'll be using this type of abstract collage as my guide.

Isn't it wonderful when you can construct something for FREE?  I'm just sorry my neighbors had to build a new roof for this to happen.  :)


  1. I love the art from found objects. Are you familiar with the art of Joseph Cornell, 1903-1972? I recommend the book "Utopia Parkway: the life and work of Joseph Cornell" by Deborah Solomon

    1. I am indeed familiar with Joseph Cornell - he's one of my favorite artists! Thanks for the recommendation, Whoever-You-Are! :D