'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Art Prep Exercise

 My assignment:

Copy the sentences below into your journal and fill in the blanks. Feel free to illustrate your musings if you like.


Once, I lived in a tree house because __________________________.


I furnished it with________________________________________.


My tree house had a style you might call ________________________.


My tree house looked like ____________________________________.


People would say this about me:_______________________________.

Once, I lived in a tree house because my house was dark and gloomy and I so I left it for the entire summer to be surrounded by the sound of growing, the smell of green, and the twinkling colour of birdsong every morning.
I furnished it with only natural materials that would harmonise with my new summer home, and that could provide nesting materials for the birds, food for insects, or would simply disappear back into the environment when I had to leave when winter came
My tree house had a style you might call 'econouveau', and I was so popular with the birds and animals they became tame and would eat peanut butter off my toes when I rested them on the windowsills. 
My tree house looked like a tree. It was almost invisible in amongst the branches unless you looked really hard, or visited at night and spotted the faint gleam of my hurricane lamp.
People would say this about me: 'She's taken this environmentally-friendly lifestyle too far!' But secretly they were intrigued and unknown to each other visited my in my treehouse clandestinely and stayed to eat mandarins, cashew nuts cake and ginger beer, and play scrabble and then were easily persuaded to sleep the night, watching the stars wheel beyond the leaves, the moon rise and set, and always leaving refreshed as they descended the ladder in the morning. 


  1. If I had a tree house, I think it would be Winnie-the-Pooh style.

  2. Intriguing...and I look forward to the visual art that might emerge from this preparatory exercise.

  3. I think you taxed our brains a bit too much with this one Kate.

  4. I wasn't sure if this was an open challenge or just for yourself, but I've given it a go.


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