Children do it all the time, but why don't adults? Creating ephemeral art has many advantages. It enhances our appreciation for nature and allows us to express creativity through new discoveries. It can be done at any time in almost anywhere, with pretty much anything. And, best of all, it is completely free. It uses all-natural items such as fallen leaves, sticks, pebbles, petals, shells, etc found either in the backyard, at the park or by the beach. There's no need for scissors, glue or tape.
Inspired by nature, this form of art can be created on the spot as either a two-dimensional or three-dimensional sculpture. The choice is yours and the possibilities are endless. You could make straight lines with leaves of various sizes or circular figures with different coloured petals. I was recently introduced to ephemeral art at the Nature Festival and found it really fascinating. Emerging mixed media artist Sam Matthewman guided us through the making of these beautiful impermanent organic artworks.
To start off with, you will need to find a spot with lots of those natural items mentioned above. As you do, consider their weight, shape, scale and colour. Collect enough of at least one item to be the base, and start creating your sculpture by tessellating them into interesting forms. When you're happy with how it looks, step back and take plenty of photos using the rule of thirds. And, there you have it - your first ephemeral artwork!
Audrey, what a creative and interesting way to creative something in the garden; well that’s where I would do it. I probably do something like that when I rearrange small stones at the bottom of a small mound in a garden bed but now I’ll think of ways to make it stand out -a pattern perhaps. Thanks