Making Art with Recycled Rain Water

I'm so excited to have been juried into the Open Call portion of the Recycled Rain Project! The premise of the show is to raise awareness of water shortages (hello Oregon drought) and raise money for a water charity through art sales. I applied for the show after coming back from visiting a friend in Mexico. Her boiler was broken (and had been for over a year) and she had gotten used to boiling a pot of water and "showering" using cup fulls of water from the pot. 

Shower time in San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico.

Shower time in San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico.

At first I was put off by the idea, but it made me realize just how much water I waste in the shower. Seriously- I am a water buffalo, but I was able to get just as clean using only a bucket of water, rather than running a 20 minute shower. It got me thinking and the Recycled Rain Project came along at about the same time- perfect!

I used my wheelbarrow to gather water in the yard and then transferred the water I collected to empty wine bottles for storage. I used this water to dilute the opacity of my paints and clean my brushes. Easy and fun!

The painting went through a few different versions and concepts:

The plan was to paint a rainy day city scape.

... but it quickly morphed into a painting of Portland's Champman School and the Vaux Swifts that migrate here. 

Getting the sky just the right shade of blue was a challenge.

Done!

 

If you're in Portland please join me and several other talented artists for the opening of the Recycled Rain Project this Saturday, May 9th at the Olympic Mills Building (107 SE Washington Street) from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. 20% of art sales will be donated to Solve Oregon. Hope to see you there!