Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sketchbook Challenge : Trash, Ruin, Decay

For me, this is a "juicy" theme for the month, because there's so much trash, ruin, and decay around ...  And if you look closely, you'll see some wonderful textures and character in that old junk.  
These are some pictures from a walk in my Dad's woods.    It's an old junk pile, back when people had their own trash piles on their land ...  This barrell is looking very good for future rust-dyes.

Looks like moss, doesn't it?  I think it's an old carpet.  Definately not of the natural world. 

The theme got me thinking of Grappa and Gramma Smitmajer's first date more than 60 years ago ...  Grappa took her to the town dump so Grappa could shoot rats.  He was a "manly man" in those days.  Isn't that romantic?  Sheesh! 

Here's a picture of Grappa's Bus when they were getting ready for the farm auction :   
It was parked next to the machine shed for years and years.  He was always "saving it" and getting it ready for hunting / camping trips.  But I don't think it ever left his yard.  A tornado came through in the early 1980s and planted the roof of the machine shed on top of it, and there it sat for another 30 years.  Grappa just didn't have the energy or the heart to clean it up.  I was amazed that someone actually purchased it at the auction, and dragged it away. 

As further inspiration for this trash and ruined theme,  I offer Ransom Brigg's "A Most Peculiar Trip : Searching for Miss Peregrine:"

I just read his novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and finding this video was kind of a eureka moment.  It fit in so nicely with the theme.  Enjoy!


jackie said...

I envy you all that lovely rusty trash - a bit sad about your grandad's truck though.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Thanks for sharing that video. I've always had a fascination for abandoned buildings and love that closing line about them being histories waiting to be read.