Saturday, April 24, 2010

Earth Day Blog Hop


Hi everyone. In honor of Earth Day, I decided to join in  Michelle Perkett's Earth Day Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Lee's Blog, then you are in the right place.  If not, you may want to go back to Michelle's blog and start at the beginning. You would not want to miss all the great ideas!
She gave us a challenge to create something using recycled material such as  plastic, paper, or cardboard, and also include the color green in your work.  Since I am not very crafty,  I ended up doing a painting of a dryad (click for larger look).

 I have so much cardboard from all the books I order, so I started with a piece of cardboard, upon which I glued paper from an old music book.  The dryad's skirt and  leaves are made of pages from last year's phone book. The writing you see around her is a poem by Robert Frost called 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' (see below).
The poem starts on the left arm, and continues around her body.
That's supposed to be a bird's nest with baby cardinals in her hair. It was tricky working on this much texture, but I enjoyed the challenge.

 Your next stop is the lovely  Lynne's Blog.

Do try and visit all the participating blogs to see what wonderful creations they came up with. The last stop on this  hop is Michelle's Studio Blog, where you will find a poll to choose your favorite entry.  Thank you for visiting, and enjoy!


Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. 

Robert Frost

35 comments:

Sammi said...

This is really amazing! Gorgeous creation!
Sammi
xx

Nicola said...

She's lovely!! I love the skirt and the poem that you included. I'm off to the next blog! What a great idea :0)

Fotf said...

Great job Betty, love the words and the use of the phone book, not something i would have thought to make use of :)

Claire said...

Wow Betty, your dryad is gorgeous. Those vibrant colours are stunning
Claire xx

slommler said...

She is fabulous!! I love all the textures!! And the poem is perfect!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Rosemary said...

Beautiful

Pauline (Polly) said...

Hi Betty! You are one talented lady! This is just gorgeous! What wonderful uses for the paper and phonebooks ... I use my old phonies for footrests at my piano! What an artistic way to display the poem... you are so clever!
Hugs from Australia,
Pauline

Lynne Armstrong said...

WOW Betty...your dryad is amazing! SO perfect for Earth Day! Beautiful.

ileana said...

Hy Betty! what a beautiful project!!! I like to use old phone books too :-) I love the nest in her head, the colors you used, and every part of it!!
You have a beautiful blog, hugs!

Marilyn Webb said...

THis is stunning Betty, great job!

Michelle said...

Betty! This is so gorgeous!! What a perfect work of art in honor of Earth Day!! I just love her hair with the crows in the branches! And I love that you used phone books, cardboard and old music books for your recycling materials!! Thank you so much for such a beautiful Earth Day Blog Hop entry!! Your work is wonderful, Betty!!:)

Robyn said...

Wow...this is just beautiful!. Your painting is great and I love the poem.

Tammy said...

OMG...this is absolutely gorgeous!! What a fabulous artist you are! I really must check out your etsy store!! STUNNING!!!

Jennifer Scull said...

this is absolutely gorgeous! Ilove evrything about it!
beautiful poem, too!

H2 :) said...

Hi Betty
Wow, this is an amazing piece of art! :)

Shelley said...

Hi Betty! Your creation is beautiful. That is a great poem to go with it, one of my favorites. Your other work is awesome too! Have a great day.

Pattie G said...

Wow betty, this is just so nice!!!

Hugs
Pattie

Tammie said...

She is wonderful. The skirt is fun and the sky is dreamy!

Jean said...

Wow betty, this is just so beautiful!!!
I love your art work.
Thanks for sharing
Hugs Jean

Therese said...

Betty, you're so talented. I love your dryad, and the bird, too.

Tana said...

Your art is awesome Betty! I love all of it, especially your Blog Hop Dryad. She is gorgeous!

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, what a wonderful creation. I love the branches and the nest. That is one of my all time favorite poems. Thanks so much for joining in the blog hop.

Michele said...

this is just awesome! love the texture, the ideas, and the phone book skirt, she's just beautiful. What more can I say, I love her!

grandmalee said...

I just adore all of the recycled elements in this fabulous creation! I must remember to use up some of the phone book pages like you did here! There are so many elements to look at...great job!

Melissa S. said...

Oh my goodness. This is wonderful. Love all the recycled papers you used to create this.

readingsully2 said...

Oh this one is really neat. :)

Cr8ive ME said...

what a wonderful idea. Love your project.

{hugs}
M.E.

Trish said...

Wow- you are one talented lady, I love what you have created.
Hugs,
Trish

cottagerca said...

Love everything about your creation. I am going to send your link to my friend who is a painter. I want a painting like this for my cottage.... love the hair, love the use of the phone book pages as the skirt. Colors are intense and those eyes !!! great job. You have now made me want to get out my paints. May I paint jack your pattern??? Luv

Randi WS said...

Wow! Your project is awesome!!

Sherry said...

Omg I Just Love Your Images.. Awesome Stuff And Great Earth Day Entry WOW!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

WOW - I love your Dryad! She is so beautiful. What an amazing piece. :) Theresa

MyPinkTurtle said...

This painting is F A B U L O U S ! Wow! Great work! Hugs, LuLu

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Wow this is beautiful! I love it! I will have to check out the blogs!

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Whew, took me a long while but finally got to all of the blogs. What a fun idea, thanks for sharing this with us!