Rural Art~~Making Something Out of Nothing

A trip to the countryside can yield many rural art objects. These are visual delights, made from whatever is around…such as old tools, wood, flowers, or rocks. It is an informal process of taking ordinary items and giving them a new purpose or meaning.

Spring Blossoms and a Rusty Pump, (c)2012 Joni Beach.

Spring Blossoms & a Rusty Pump, (c)2012, Joni Beach.

Spring flowers + a rusty old pump…

Where's The Herbs?, (c)2012, Joni Beach.

Where's The Herbs?, (c)2012, Joni Beach.

A piece of wood with scratched on letters–on a fence…

Tree Limb Bench, (c)2012, Joni Beach.

Tree Limb Bench & Twig Basket, (c)2012, Joni Beach.

Limbs from a tree nailed together and twigs woven into a basket… And, scraps of wood, bolts, rod, and paint mounted on a post.

Flying With The Wind, (c)2012 Joni Beach.

Flying With The Wind, (c)2012, Joni Beach.

How many times in our lives and families are we required to do the same? Take what we have on hand…certain resources, opportunities, or situations…and improvise and adapt responses and ways of living to meet a challenge? For example, when a person’s dreams and job goals do not develop exactly as planned after school, a person may find creative ways to make a living, earn income, or begin a business. Or, when a loved one develops a chronic illness, families find new ways to meet the normal daily schedule, while at the same time adjusting to a “new normal”.

In life, as in rural art, creative solutions require improvising, adapting, and designing novel outcomes…

Out of seemingly ordinary things.