Monthly Archives: July 2014

A simple prompt

It all started with today’s prompt for the ICAD challenge which was : Turquoise. You see, ever since I was a kid I have had a major love affair with this stone! So, when I saw this prompt, my mind went reeling with possibilities! Then, I looked down at my right hand & I knew. The ring.

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So, I found a little scrap of an index card lying right next to me & did a quick sketch of my ring. And that’s when it all came flooding through my memory bank.

This ring was given to me by my husband almost 20 years ago. It is hand made by a Native American artisan from New Mexico, set in sterling silver that is engraved with very intricate patterns. The stone is a beautiful shade of turquoise with a small area of mint green & a very light matrix going through it. But that’s not what filled my mind as I sketched it. These thoughts did:

This is my everyday ring, my “go-to” ring. It goes with everything & is so very comfortable on my hand. It’s my travel ring. We travel a lot & I don’t like taking a lot of jewelry with me on vacation. This ring is easy & versatile, can look dressed up or dressed down – perfect for any vacation. It has been  all over the U.S., Central America, Europe, Mexico &… China.

And that’s when my heart beat just a little faster. You see, we adopted our daughter from China when she was just 10 months old & I was wearing this ring on that 3 week stay in China. That ring is on my hand & in every photo that I am holding our daughter. It is the ring that my daughter used to touch & spin on my finger as a baby. Today, she is 9 & this is the ring that starts conversations  that go something like this : “Momma, you wore this ring in China, can you tell me again about the day you & Daddy saw me for the first time?” Incredibly special & bittersweet moments that will be treasured far more than any piece of jewelry. The ring is just the conduit.

So, one art challenge, one prompt, one ring, brings to my mind beautiful, sweet & treasured memories. Art is powerful.  Of course, I had to draw that ring.

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(ICAD #55, prompt: Turquoise; acrylics, micron pen, Neo color II’S )

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I decided that I will mount the little sketch onto the index card & put it in my art journal along with a handwritten copy of this post. As for my ring? It will most definitely be passed down to my daughter.

Summer of Color Week 6

I really enjoyed this year’s Summer of Color Choices this year! Always a little sad to see it come to an end. Just want to give a BIG Shout Out & Thank You to Kristen at Twinkle Twinkle Like a Star for hosting this fun challenge!

Here’s what I did this week:

imageAs I am right, smack in the thick of Daisy Yellow’s Index Card a Day Challenge, I decided to play with the colors on index cards first. Let me just say, I ADORE this color combination & it has made its way into many of my works recently. For some reason, the colors are showing up much lighter than they really are. These were done with acrylics,  gouache , found text & some stamps from cardboard & a taperoll.

imageThis one is also on an index card made with gouache, washi tape, found images & some embroidery thread. I really like how this one turned out. (Shhh…there’s a little bit of blue in there too…don’t tell anyone! 😉 ).

Lots of fun this summer with this challenge…I did miss one (red, royal blue & aqua) as we were on vacation. I was looking for that color combo anywhere so I could take a quick pic, but never came across it. Ah well, I will just have to do it now!

 

 

The Power of an Index Card

Tammy’s Index-Card-A-Day Challenge 2014 is in full swing this summer! And I am having a blast creating a 3×5 Index card each day. I even brought a stack of them & my markers while we were away on vacation last week. I journal on the back of each card & it’s a wonderful way to document our vacation as well as every day! It’s fun to look back on the summer & have a written as well as visual account of my days. FUN!!!!

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#37 Zig Writer on bluff index card divider – while on vacation

I did this challenge for the first time last year & loved it. This year, I am loving it even more and I have learned a lot about myself & my own personal creative process. I also noticed that my cards are soooo different this year than last! At first I thought I might “repeat” a design or get stuck in a rut where I copy  something that I did last year, but they are so very different!

It’s funny, working a simple, inexpensive card has taught me to break through the feelings of:

“I don’t wanna ruin this!!!”  “What if I mess this up?” “What am I going to do on this blank card?”

Seriously, I take out a card, take out some materials & just PLAY!! Usually, I just go with the journey of the materials, & they take me places I wouldn’t even explore in my regular journals. Which makes me realize that I still do harbor that “fear of a blank journal page” feeling…I thought I was past that.  Working on an index card has made me more brave when it comes to exploring & taking chances. That is something I promise to carry over into my larger journals when this challenge ends. I mean really…what IS there to be hesitant about?!?

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#36 Sharpies & white gelly roll pen – at the airport waiting to board the plane

Sometimes, (& this is a BIGGIE!), I have a plan in mind…but guess what?! Those plans usually never work out! Those are the cards that I don’t like so much & I usually rework them.

Speaking of reworking, that is something I have been doing a lot of lately & more often than not, I am always pleased after reworking something. Here is one example:

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#43 Mixed Media – reworked

This one started with a pattern using an orange Slicci pen. It looked so dull & boring, so I took out my gesso, covered it up, added some paint & oil pastels & just kept working it which was the most fun part! Seeing where the materials take me – that’s the jam!

So, yes, Tammy, ICAD has indeed rocked my creative world! Thank you for sharing so generously with us & helping us to light our creative sparks!!

 

Summer of Color4 Week 4

imageOh boy…things became so ridiculously BUSY!! Pair that with getting ready for an upcoming vacation AND a sick child & BAM…no time!!

Anyway…I chose to use this week’s color scheme {pink, apple green & a bit of dark green} on an index card & kill 2 birds with one stone since my time was extremely limited this week.  I really liked working with these colors as they (to me) scream (in a good way) SUMMER!! And we are in the THICK of it here in NYC!

Hopefully, will get to update this blog once more before we leave!

In the meantime, please check out Kristen’s site, Twinkle Twinkle Like a Star, for all the juicy details on her annual colorful challenge!

AND…if you are not already in on this brilliant challenge, please check out Tammy’s Index Card a Day Challenge here!

Have a beautiful, colorful week, everyone!