Somewhere in all the mess of these past few months, my art got lost. Went astray. Could not be found. And, that ...well, that's a crying shame, because my art, whether it's photography, collage, or mixed media is my respite.
Suddenly, out went the excuses. By midJune I exited my classroom responsibilites...summer arrived and so did my retirement. But, when you don't use a skill, you get pretty rusty. UGH!
I needed to start small, to start simple. To get back on the bike and learn to peddle. Supplies pretty much overflowed in the studio, so telling myself or anyone else that I needed more "stuff" wouldn't cut it.
So, I signed up for Tammy Garcia's ICAD Project... or an "index card a day. Index cards solve a lot of problems and free you up to just create. They're cheap, so eliminate the worries about ruining your "good supplies." They're readily available, so no need to go hunt down the "Perfect Supply," which is only to be found at an art store not near you. They're small, so they don't require a lot of time...5 minutes will do it, thought I must confess to getting lost in the process and spending an half hour on a card.
Tammy provides prompts which can be delivered right to you door, so to speak, via email. I rarely followed them - no paritcular reason why, I just didn't. Starting my day with coffee and making art is a pretty awesome deal. No need to even get out of my jammies.
I'm pretty much all over the place...acrylics, watercolor, colored pencils, collage, art scraps from the table. No precious supplies were harmed in the making of any of these cards. Not many, if any, make for "great" art...you know, the kind that gets a spot on the museum walls. Some are not worth much of anything as far as money goes, but I learned from each and every one, even if the learning was all about what NOT to do! Mostly, they just make me happy. I enjoy learning. I enjoy creating. I LOVE MAKING ART!