9/3 Weekly creativity contest winner & new prompt
Sunflowers are blooming everywhere — and there’s quite a harvest right here at Creative Construction. Our winner for this week’s creativity contest is Kelly Warren, who had a sunflower art session with her daughters. Love the initiative, Kelly! She writes: “My girls and I had an art afternoon yesterday around the sunflowers prompt, and we had so much fun! We found the little wooden sunflowers on the clearance aisle at Michael’s, and then just pulled everything together with supplies I had at home. I created mine and taught the girls each step, step by step, as I was creating. We started with some old discarded wood and covered our wood with maps (as inspired by Elizabeth Beck!). Then we painted water colors over our maps: I chose blue, Sarah chose pink, and Livvie chose purple. Then we selected the papers we wanted to use for the grass, stems, and leaves and started cutting and gluing layer upon layer. The toughest part for them was giving the piece time to dry between layers. I’m not sure who’s prouder of their finished products, me or them!”
From last week’s Breakfast interviewee, Amy Grennell, a striking digital image:
From Jen Johnson, a lovely pair of photos. Jen writes: “I’m actually able to submit something this time around — how exciting! We grew sunflowers in our garden this year, and it’s getting to be harvest time, so I have two photographs for you: ‘Sunflower/Son Flower I’ and ‘Sunflower/Son Flower II’.”
From Juliet Bell, an original piece of wood art: “I happened to be in the midst of making this sunflower puzzle to auction on eBay, so I was delighted to see sunflowers as the new prompt! This is a double-sided, stained, wooden, hanging, jigsaw puzzle with 131 pieces, measuring 10″ by 6’5″.”
bright hope in the clouds
of August – harvest’s fine
tribute of glory
Ra brought to earth in
fold of Isis arms – radiant
simple, many central seeds
From me (Miranda), a photograph and haiku pairing. I shot the sunflower bouquet that my husband gave me for our anniversary last week. It’s hard to tell, but the lighting is simply an overhead incandescent can light. No playing in Photoshop — I’m pleased with how it came out.
This week’s prompt: “My favorite shoes”
Use the prompt however you like — literally, a cue for color, or a tangential theme. All media are welcome. Please e-mail your entries to email@example.com by 8:00 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, September 9. The winning entry receives a $10 gift certificate to amazon.com. Writers should include their submission directly in the body text of their e-mail. Visual artists and photographers should attach an image of their work as a jpeg. Enter as often as you like; multiple submissions for a single prompt are welcome. There is no limit to how many times you can win the weekly contest, either. (You do not have to be a contributor to this blog in order to enter. All are invited to participate.) Remember, the point here is to stimulate your output, not to create a masterpiece. Keep the bar low and see what happens. Dusting off work you created previously is OK too. For more info, read the original contest blog post.