So, This Was June

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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.


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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!

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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!

Just Play



I've always loved the look of watercolor, and I've always admired sketching, but I rarely did either. You see, I held myself to a standard of perfection I could never achieve, and so the end result proved frustrating, with the watercolors nearly hitting the trash several times. I avoided sketching, since it never looked like "the real thing."

So, Watercolors Wildflowers online class proves to be just what the doctor ordered...along with a in person class or two with Diana. (She's awesome in either format; you won't be disappointed.) In Diana's words, I aimed for "flowerish." You know they're flowers, but they're not indetifiable as any one species.


This morning, I just relaxed, played, and to use a horrible pun, "went with the flow" of things, trying to recreate some of what I saw in the online class, and trying to figure out the right ratio of water to watercolor. I layered, highlighted, mixed hues, and just let it happen.

I love both of them. No, they're not awesome - I have a lot to learn.

But, I had so much fun; I didn't worry about it, since I have plenty of watercolors and plenty of index cards. (I combined Daisy Yellow's ICAD project with my watercolor play, since I am woefully behind on my index cards.) Truely enjoying the process and watcing the magic happen took over, and I ended up with some cool flowers!

It Doesn't Take Much


I used to think that if I had the perfect studio with the newest supplies...well, then I could crank out some amazing art.

Now, I know better.

What it takes is me sitting down and making the art! I need to get my rear in gear and just get it done.

No excuses, as in "I had one awful day."

No, sit down, pull out the scrap box and just begin to move around the pieces.

Watch the magic happen, but it won't be what was in my head.

Nope. Somehow, something entirely different emerges.


These are the first two in a series of the ICAD project...an index card a day. (More to follow on that in a later post, but let's just say that it was all begun here at Daisy Yellow. Tammy has it right...sit down, make some art.





The two above include bits and pieces from my scrap box. Throw in some photographs and some drawings. Toss in copies of old journal pages. A touch of colored pencil, a stamp or two.

Fantastic art? Probably not, but fun. Colorful. Both make me happy.

No new supplies were harmed in the making of this art. To be honest, I have enough stuff to open a store. What I am saving it for, the good Lord knows.

More index cards will follow.

They won't always be collage...there will be painting, some sketching, some pattern making. Some will stink. Some will be cool.

No excuses. Perfect never happens.

Just start making art, okay?