“An Artist/Naturalist is a person whose intelligence and sense of self is embedded in Nature, and who expresses that deep connection through making art.” –www.morning-earth.org. I didn’t even know of this term until I found the work of Artist/Naturalist Andy Goldsworthy, and his use of snow, in particular, is what inspired today’s daily creative.
My daughter, the budding Artist/Naturalist, was overjoyed at participating in today’s art project or “experiment” as she called it. After some sledding and playing in the snow, my daughter and I collected three snowballs and brought them inside for our experiment. Like Goldsworthy, we wanted to use natural elements so instead of paint, we used the juice from a carrot, spinach and blueberries (half of which my daughter promptly ate). Then we began our experiment… basically, we colored each snowball, put each one on a separate piece of watercolor paper (any absorbent paper would work) and then we waited. My daughter resisted eating the snow cones, and eventually the snowballs melted into the following pictures. At first I wasn’t thrilled with the result, but my husband pointed out that all three pictures kind of look like hikers… almost like an artist out in nature. How cool!