Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Rainy day sillies

Today's rainy vacation day was a good excuse to work on some pages in my collaborative round-robin art journal.

I started this book in July 2014 and it passed through the talented hands of Mandy, Gina, Lynn and Carroll before coming back to me.  We all had such fun with this project we decided to send the same books around the circle one more time.  (You can see the start of my book here.)

Here's what I accomplished this morning.

Kinda wish it would rain again tomorrow...

Friday, August 7, 2015

vacation art

At first I wasn't going to bring any art supplies.
My notes from last year's vacation said "didn't do much art other than ICAD" and since the 2015 ICAD challenge was over before this year's vacation even started, I thought I'd free up some room in the car by leaving my gear at home.

But then I thought "I could just bring one bag...." and I started to pack.  I'll need some markers, and acrylic paint of course.  And glue sticks and scissors and a brayer.  Some colored pencils might be nice.  And my little pan of water colors.  Don't forget the brushes!  Better get a bigger bag.  A stamp pad and stamps are essential, and I wouldn't want to leave home without my x-acto knife, ruler and cutting mat.  This bag's getting pretty crowded and I haven't even added my sketchbooks or collage ephemera...

Ultimately I managed to squeeze most of my studio into a single bag and we'll just ignore the fact that the bag was the size of a Buick.

Anyway - I also packed a few dozen postcard bases that I had started at home last week.  Day one on the lake I unpacked and got down to business.
Here are the fruits of this particular creative burst.
All approximately 4"x6" on watercolor paper.

And to think I still have 8 more days of vacation.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Won't you stay?

Oh ICAD, it's been grand.
Must we part so soon?
I am reluctant to let you go.
We've had such fun!





Still, I will not take advantage of your good nature by continuing this relationship into August.
I do not wish to invite resentment or jealousy into our dynamic.



I will be strong, stand tall, and simply say "see you next year."

Friday, July 24, 2015

ICAD July 15-24

Splatters and scribbles and drips and smears are all I want to do this summer.
This year's index cards are certainly "of a kind."











Have you read any good books lately?  I've started and not finished about a dozen books recently because I just can't find anything that grabs me.  I'm going on vacation in early August and need some good suggestions on what to read!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Index cards forever

I'm at that point in the summer where I start to think "I love ICAD so much.  Flimsy 3x5 paper is the best substrate in the world.  I'm not going to stop July 31st.  I'm going to keep making an index card a day forever"


The first year (2011) the challenge was June 1- Aug 31 and I kept going straight through 'til October.

But the very next year (even though the challenge ended July 31st) I only made it until July 5th because I had an elephant sitting on my chest.

In 2013 and 2014 I was going strong through June and July and was CERTAIN I'd keep going, and yet was ever-so-happy to stop once August 1st rolled around.

This year, August is only 17 days away and I don't feel anywhere near done with this project.

Even when it's past my bedtime and I realize I haven't made a card and I don't have any good ideas, I pull off things in haste that I end up loving.
7-13-15 (I really kind of love this one)

 I am on a roll.
I am on fire.
I am going to do this forever.

But.... I have unexpected travel this weekend, with long hours in the car, and hotel rooms, and loved ones and grieving, and loving and I already know I'm not packing much in the way of art supplies.
Will I want to make something?  Will I NEED to make something?  Will I be cutting and pasting travel brochures and the yellow pages from the Holiday Inn Express in Cleveland?  Will I forgive myself if I don't make something?  This remains to be seen.

It's not like I don't have plenty of "extra" index cards to fill in for these coming days.  I have a whole basket of alternates that don't get the official ICAD date stamp for whatever reason.  Like this one:

date unknown

or this one:
date unknown

I could have waited until next week and labeled them 7-18 and 7-19 and you never would have been the wiser, but I am a stickler for the EVERY DAY notion of this challenge.
(perhaps this unyielding attitude is why I burn out by August every year.)

One day and one index card at a time.