Inspire Me Thursday is a weekly artistic challenge which is posted on the Thursday of every week and must be compleed before the following Thursday.
This week’s challenge involves some sensory exploration: Can you use all five of your senses in your creative process? (See, Smell, Taste, Hear, Touch)
My head was seriously spinning after reading this weeks challenge. I can see and touch art, but taste, hear and smell? I had to really think about this one. Part 1 of my inspiration came from a special delivery to my front door on Friday afternoon. A late birthday bouquet of carnations from my aunt M and uncle M. They are beautiful and their floural scent fills the house. Well this got some juices flowing but I still wasn’t sure what to do next. Part II of my inspiration came from watching my 1 year old little guy interact with the flowers. I sat him next to the bouquet on the table. First he looked, unsure and hesitant, then slowly he touched, listening for encouragement from me. Next he leaned in with his nose touching to the flowers, the strong scent filling his every breath, and finally opening his little mouth as if trying to take a bite.
see: Today I looked through my camera lense and captured pieces of his new experience with these flowers. I took a small piece of one of these photos (his profile) and slightly manipulated the image on the computer printing it out on textured flower petal paper.
touch: I tore pieces of pink paper, pulled strings of fiber off a piece of jute material and dabbed paint with my finger onto paper.
listen: The tearing of paper,my children laughing and playing together and Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald singing duets in the background.
smell: Flowers, glue and paint.
taste: The taste of a soft chewy chocolate chip cookie that I made the night before.
This was a wonderful and very challenging experience allowing me to think about and look at art in a totally different way.