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    2014 Reading Challenge

    2014 Reading Challenge
    Tammy has read 0 books toward her goal of 36 books.


    Buildings #2

    "When you aim for perfection,
    you discover it's a moving target."
    ~ Geoffrey F. Fisher

     6x8" Strathmore drawing paper, pitt pen, background added digitally

    Drawing buildings is dangerously addictive. The colorized buildings were merged with abstract acrylic paintings in photoshop. There are a lot of tiny lines in this little rectangular space. Fantastic line drawing practice. I draw the outlines of the buildings first, and then fill in details and more details until each building seems complete! I'm starting to add names to the buildings or stores, address numbers, advertisements... More buildings in Buildings #1 and Plaza.



    "A true friend knows your weaknesses
    but shows you your strengths;
    feels your fears but fortifies your faith;
    sees your anxieties but frees your spirit;
    recognizes your disabilities
    but emphasizes your possibilities."
    ~William Arthur Ward

    bald cyprus, morning rain, texas


    An Imperfect Little Journal

    "Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams--daydreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing--are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to invent, and therefore to foster, civilization."
    ~L. Frank Baum

    the next two were separated with parchment paper, gaining lines from the wrinkles in the often-used paper

    Yummy fun with watercolor paints + brushes + paper towells + my latest favorite water containers. I use two jars (On The Border Salsa jars, cute and squat and in abundance at our house), one to rinse the brush full of paint, and the other for a clear rinse.

    One of my goals for the year was to journal regularly. I tend to journal multiple pages and then nothing for months. So I feel like I am playing catch-up. Anyhow, in order to motivate myself to write more, I decided to create a place for journaling with appealing colors and cloud-like, flexible spaces for words. So I watercolored in a 6x6" Hand journal, which has sort of drawing paper rather than watercolor paper. Frankly, I needed to do something with it, since it didn't work for me as a place to doodle or draw (didn't care for the texture, check out the Diamond mandala). The paper towells placed between the pages to keep them from sticking (I'd run out of Parchment paper, aaagh) created the coolest of textures. Now let's see if it gets me to write more!

    Have you created a journal as a place for something you want to write about more?


    Constraints + Creative Work (Part 2)

    "Literature, like magic, has always been about the handling of secrets, about the pain, the destruction, and the marvelous liberation that can result when they are revealed. Telling the truth when the truth matters most is almost always a frightening prospect. If a writer doesn’t give away secrets, his own or those of the people he loves; if she doesn’t court disapproval, reproach, and general wrath, whether of friends, family, or party apparatchiks; if the writer submits his work to an internal censor long before anyone else can get their hands on it, the result is pallid, inanimate, a lump of earth."
    ~ Michael Chabon

    Creating freely is a joy. But the mind can be a blank chalkboard, spinning in circles. What works for me is to think of some way to limit the possibilites. This acts as a dare! If you haven't read Constraints + Creative Work (Part 1), pop over and back.

    Here are some thoughts on how to develop effective constraints to spark creative and analytical thinking...

    #1. Focus on One Objective and Develop a Constraint or Challenge

    The idea is to have fun! So what do you want to work on today? Do you want to add a sub-plot to your story? Journal on top of a collage? Draw a design for an eraser stamp? Just pick one.

    Now it's time to come up with a rule or constraint to work within. Something to narrow your possibilities. A balance between the obvious and the impossible! I know when I find a an effective challenge because I'm energized and ready to get rolling.

    If you are a writer, you could develop a sub-plot based on a random vintage photograph you pull from a stack (the photograph is the constraint). Dare yourself to invent a machine that will resolve a problem in your story. The constraint is that it must be a machine. Write a short story using only one adjective per sentence. Outline your next article using verbs starting with the letter E. You may be surprised to know that this post started in just that way (energize, exercise, extend...). Once I developed the ideas, I moved forward without the alliteration.

    Art journalists, collage and mixed media artists, try working within a shape or designing a particular look, like a sunflower or map. Use color as a constraint by using black gesso instead of white or art journal in neutrals if you are drawn to saturated color.

    It reminds of a line from 3 Days of the Condor.
    After Joubert unexpectedly kills someone, Turner (Redford)
    asks why and Joubert responds, "I don't interest myself in why.
    I think more often in terms of when,
    sometimes where; always... how much."

    Sketch artists and doodlers can draw in a different direction. In Wonderland, I drew the design from the outside-in instead of inside-out as usual. If you add details last, try adding them as you go. Limit yourself to shade only with cross-hatching. Something challenging.

    Artists can try a new method. Try to create a doodle with watercolor paint, or create a font concept using only charcoal. Create your next art journal page without adhesives, using only staples to attach things. Try working within a format that provides a constraint. Art in the form of a postcard provides a look and size to work within.

    Photographers can join a 365 challenge, taking a photo a day. The constraint is to represent something about a specific day. Or go out today with a 'focus' only on patterns.

    #2. Develop a Strategy to Complete Your Objective Within the Constraint 

    These are the stepping stones to get you from point A to point Z. The how can be harder than the what! This is where my brain usually gets the most exercise. The strategy is what goes through your mind as you devise a way to achieve your goal within your constraint. This is the mental challenge!

    If you've got to get a pattern to go around the edge of your work... how do you need to draw the corners to get that to happen?  If your curve cannot intersect that line, how must you draw it? If Janie's Jeep has to crash through the garage door, what does Janie say to her husband after the crash?

    To get the pattern to work, where do you need to place a straight line, and what lines have to be parallel? In your mandala, you want each layer to appear lighter, but how do you actually draw that? You've decided what has to happen for the scene to move forward, but what type of weather would make it work? You want your painting to look like a map, so should you let the watercolors blend together or paint with a fairly dry brush?

    So the idea is to pick an objective for today, pick a constraint to work within, and develop a strategy for getting to your goal within the constraint. At Innovation Tools, you'll find a spin on this concept at Look for the Solution Inside the Problem and Making the Most of Constraints.

    How could you add a challenge to a creative project? Define art + creativity as you wish, whether it's cooking, writing, quilting, singing, gardening, sculpting, doodling, photography... you choose.


    Roses Galore

    "A black cat among roses,
    phlox, lilac-misted under a quarter moon,
    the sweet smells of heliotrope
    and night-scented stock.
    The garden is very still. It is dazed with moonlight,
    contented with perfume..."
    ~Amy Lowell

    Magenta knock-out roses in shades of vivid magenta to pale pink as they go through their bloom cycle.

    Abundant knock-out roses... insane, instant full-bloom.

    More knock-outs, planted last year.

    Reine des violettes, a lavender, thornless, lanky rose with a fascinating petal structure.

    Mister Lincoln, a luscious, barn red rose planted in 1999 at our old house, transplanted when we moved here. The bokeh balls in the purple plum tree were a surprise.

    I've lost the name of this rose, it could be a Chrysler Imperial.

    Mister Lincoln against a blanket of magenta knock-outs.

    Wasn't it weeks ago we had days of snow and ice? This land called Texas is full of surprises.


    I Heart The Book Store

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged
    that a single man in possession of a good fortune
    must be in want of a wife."
    ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

    A morning at the book store, gathering books, taking notes, thoughts magically appearing as my mind ricochets in trajectories of ideas. I imagine the words bouncing around, settling in next to other ideas until then unrelated. Books about writing, knitting, photoshop, homeschooling, planting bulbs.

    4 A.M. Breakthrough, by Brian Kitely, is a set of delightful "unconventional writing exercises." Kitely, author of 3am Ephiphany (another goodie), includes a lengthy list of his reference books, including "Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure + Preposterous Words" to investigate further. I am so used to using web sites as reference 'tools' that I hadn't considered forgot the value of having physical reference books beyond an atlas, dictonary and thesaurus. Other writing reference materials include a French dictionary and a book about the weather. "Allow your fiction to be irregular and jagged," says Kitely. I love that concept.



     "There’s nothing as significant as a human face. Nor as eloquent. We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything. Even though we’re not always wise enough to unravel the knowledge."
    ~Ayn Rand

    knock-out rose + acrylic painting



    Blueberry Pie...

    "The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.
    In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."
    ~ Julia Child


    Each time I try a new recipe, I imagine that it will come out perfectly as pictured. Reality rarely cooperates. Case in point. Blueberrry pie. The recipe at That Pioneer Woman simply called to me. I found this amazing site through Sophie at For Love + Idleness. Alterations to the original recipe included brown Turbinado sugar for white, and using 2/3 of the recommended butter. Still quite a bit of butter. I used the 2T optional flour so perhaps I needed more. Or perhaps the pie needed to sit or be chilled before serving. If the pie could better be described as blueberry soup or cobbler, I take responsiblity. The flavor, however, was beyond description. Rich, tart, lovely.