Muse30 Prompt #23

“I see nothing in space as promising
as the view from a Ferris wheel.” 
E.B. White

A park where one can be amused. Whether that is a national or provincial park, soft Kentucky blue grass, green space within an urban metropolis, a county fair, the state fair, any of the rides at an amusement park. You could even hop on a tangent and draw a little park or a map of the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.

Art Journal Page in an Altered Book, 2009, Artwork by Tammy Garcia.

Art Journal Page in an Altered Book, 2009, Artwork by Tammy Garcia.

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Muse30 Prompt #22

Muse30 Prompt #22

For the Muse30 series, you can use the word or the imagery on the graphic as your prompt. Each background is completely different!!! A little brainstorming to start... water, waterway, shore, fish, swimming, bridge, tree swing, high water mark, riverboat, a cruise down the River Thames. Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. You could create a page using lyrics from The River or a song from the album. The River was Springsteen's fifth studio album, it was released in 1980. One of the songs from the album, Hungry Heart, is one of Springsteen's well-known concert sing-alongs.

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Make Art That Makes No Sense

Make Art That Makes No Sense

Don't infuse meaning into your art. Ignore your horoscope. Use colors that clash. Start a series and then change your mind. Use non-trendy hashtags. Stick to your designated style. Draw circles with a compass. Make stuff that makes you frustrated. Allow stuff to go awry. Use obvious, cliché, campy, superfluous elements. Or do just the opposite. We all make rules for our art. Just remember to challenge your assumptions once in awhile. 

By the way, I've not stopped making index card art - no reason to stop - in fact I'm on a super serious creative roll. And when you are on a roll, just go with the flow. These are all 3x5" index cards that I neglected to share here in the flurry of the 2016 Index-Card-a-Day Challenge. Will probably need another few posts to catch up! And the cards keep materializing like magic.

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Muse30 Prompt #21

Muse30 Prompt #21

Where shall we start? This might prompt you to keep a notebook on your night table and write down your dream when you wake up in the morning, then sketch around the words any imagery from the dream. Do you dream in color? 

Related ideas... slumber, sleepiness, daydreams, nightmares, dream vacation, dream symbolism, a dream as a goal or fantasy, using "zzzz" to describe sleeping, making a wish, circadian rhythms {internal 24-hour clock}, making "dreams a reality," aspiration, fairytale....

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Muse30 Prompts

Muse30 Prompts

Muse30 is a series of art journal prompts designed to help you JUMP directly into a new journal page... a proactive jump-start and a remedy for blank-page-syndrome.

Below, an index of ALL of the prompts PLUS links to ideas for interpreting and contemplating each prompt. I've posted ideas for prompts 1-20 and now that the Olympics are finished, I'll continue with #21 on Monday August 22.

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Finishing the Chance Journal

Finishing the Chance Journal

Four of the many journals in process. A little subset. Starting at the top: Moleskine, Art Doodle Love, Turquoise Book, Iona Journal w/handmade watercolor paper. 

A pinch of bittersweetness, finishing a journal that has been part of my practice for two years. It's a large journal, measured by both page size and # of pages. Most of the pages, backs & fronts, are in gouache.

I'm happy that after so many years of doing art, it feels very much OK to just start a journal or a page. There is no heaviness to that. I'm constantly starting, working, finishing, it's all part of the process. Years ago, I would not have known what on earth to do in this journal, to be equal to it. 

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