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Going Green in Art and Life

February 22, 2011
Not Easy – Collage, 5 x7″ mounted on 9 x 12″ 100 lb. Watercolor Paper

They say it’s not easy being green. But I am committed to reducing my impact on our environment with my gardening and my buying habits.

More and more, I am seeking ways to re-purpose materials for art. The weathered papers are a wonderful way to do this.

Organic gardening is another huge commitment of mine. I’m not looking to be certified as an organic gardener. I just want to eliminate all commercially-made chemicals in the growing of my own food.

It is possible — and I’m finding it surprisingly easy — to grow food and flowers without chemicals. The richer the soil, the more resistant the plants are to pests. The way to have rich soil is by the liberal use of compost. Every garden picture I’ve shown here over the past two seasons is of vegetables grown without chemicals.

What does all this have to do with art? I believe wonderful art can be created using materials that we find in our surroundings. All we need to do is think low-tech.

Are  you finding new and environmentally-friendly ways to create art? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2011 6:42 pm

    Wonderful! …And healthy organic plants are natures art. The most beautiful of it all!

  2. February 23, 2011 4:08 am

    I use old envelopes and postal materials to make notebooks and artist books

    • February 25, 2011 12:21 am

      Rosie, that is wonderful! I especially love old envelopes and canceled stamps.

      Thanks for visiting. I hope you’ll come back and join in the conversation again.

  3. Terry permalink
    February 23, 2011 12:52 pm

    Hi Martha. Congratulations on being so “green”. It is amazing how nature does indeed provide us with everything we need to provide for ourselves. As for using what we use for art, found objects are always interesting when repurposed and sometimes things that would usually go in the compost can be used creatively in collage – think washed eggshells, used dry teabags, dried coffee grounds, etc. Happy gardening!

    • February 25, 2011 12:20 am

      Yes, Terry! Lots of things that are normally thrown out can be used in inventive ways. You’d be amazed what I hang onto.

  4. Jennifer Ressmann permalink
    February 24, 2011 8:03 am

    While I use trashy bits and recycled items in my work, I have been considering using old cabinet doors as my “canvas”. You can find them on Craigslist – often free.

    I have a hard time getting on the gardening bandwagon. The food is better, but I just don’t have the time or energy necessary to even put in the beginnings of a garden. Maybe when I retire.

    • February 25, 2011 12:17 am

      Jennifer, I love the idea of using old cabinet doors!

      I know, a garden can be very time consuming. But still, just a few containers can often satisfy the urge to have a few things growing.

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