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Just a Little Black Paint

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
John Green

But I cannot focus. I cannot focus my mind and stick with any particular project lately. A lack of mental acuity that drives me bonkers. And I cannot focus my eyes. The eye doctor says I either need bifocals or reading glasses. Thank goodness the dizziness that started mid-October in Venice is to subsiding yet still returns for a bit every few days. Sudafed is helping.

Lizzie of Green Glass asked the other day in the comments {yes, I just linked to a comment, how cool is that?} whether I was working the loose pages that had falled out of this altered book journal. Lizzie took my The Museum of Simple Things workshop this year, and in the workshop we art journaled in old hardback books and this is the book I used... now all of the pages have fallen out or have been pulled out! So yes, my dear Lizzie, I'm working on the pages loose, because I haven't yet stitched the journal together. I figure I'll do that last, when all of the pages are finally finished. 

Imperfect is more than O.K. Why must some parents and teachers control kids' art by "fixing" it or commenting on imperfections? I speak from experience. A mom "fixed" the fiber art project that our class did for a fundraiser. And on a relevant tangent, why must we criticize our own art? Why can't we just enjoy it?

I'll add something on the left side of this page.

Here's the page before the black paint job:

I'll add something to the left of this page too.

Working in the now-falling-apart-noticing-journal, I felt like WRITING something in paint. So I pulled out a few pages and set them on a plastic tarp to protect my breakfast table {my art workspace} and grabbed the black airbrush acrylics. Opening the bottle just a teeny bit so the paint would flow but not puddle, I "drew" girls and wrote some words that needed to come out. See more pages from The Noticing Journal


November is Art Every Day Month (AEDM) hosted by Leah of Creative Every Day.

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Reader Comments (6)

Tammy, I agree with trying to fix art. It's a control thing. I know because I have that issue. If something I make is crooked... I want to fix it. Good grief... it's not that important. I like your pages of squares before and after the black paint.

I wanted to thank you for starting this group. It's really been helpful to me. I'm becoming more laid back about my art everyday.

{Tammy}: Boo, I think that confidence in your art will come from time spent at the page, so to speak. The more time and experience and experiments you make, the more you will learn and the better you will get. My lines were not straight when I started drawing in 2006 or 2007. It's just time and effort and being patience with yourself.

11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBoo

Put on your trench coat and an incognito hat, and get to a drug store. Reading glasses are everywhere and free to try out. Take something with small print to use as a test. Not being able to focus is easy to fix if it is just a pair of reading glasses. Dizzy is more of a problem. I hope you feel better soon!

{Tammy} Susan Jane, Thanks for the tip @ reading glasses. Unfortunately I do have pretty strong glasses and the reading glasses would need to be +6 or something and each eye is different so I need to order them. Just need to get it done.

11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Jane

Tammy. The "fixing" is getting out of hand. My 6th grader is graded on her art this year, and not on techniques, but whether the teacher likes it and thinks it looks good... luckily my daughter just shrugged her shoulders and told me "whatever, you can't grade art." She says she knows what she's making and it doesn't matter what someone else says. But I worry about the other kids...

11.14.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie romo

I hardly can keep up with your blog... do you ever sleep? I had to scroll way down to read all the post I missed... and came across some beautiful pages, photos, designs - well, just about everything a creative heart can ask for! Hope your eyes are getting better... focus is a necessary thing for an artist! Take care dear one!

11.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarit

Hi! Okay, can I just say that I love everything I see here and.....................this post about "fixing art" has resurrected a long ago memory of something that happened to me in an art class when I was in 6th or 7th grade. Wow, powerful memories............the project was to take a magazine picture, cut it in half, glue to paper and draw the other half. (Can't believe I actually remember this so vividly). I chose a black and white National Geographer photo of a very wrinkled old woman. I drew the other side in charcoal if I remember correctly. It was a very "dark" piece for a pre-teen. Not sure what led up to this, but my teacher (a nun), tore it in half and told me to pick something else to draw..............I am tearing up right now writing this. I remember that I went home at lunch time (we did that back then) and told my mom that I was never going back. Wow! I can look back now and realize that I probably did not do much art work that was truly "me" after that and stopped taking art class once I got to high school. That was about 40 some years ago. It has been almost a year since I started to dabble in art again and have the blog world to thank for that inspiration! Thanks for this post as that memory has really inspired me and given my art a purpose-to pick up where I left off 40 plus years ago.

11.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Hi, Tammy: If you do get bifocals, please find out what's the last date that you can say to the optician, "These aren't working." When I got them, that was 30 days. ON THE 29TH DAY (I kid you not) I could finally see right. Your brain has to work a bit harder at first when you get bifocals (especially for people like me, whose eyes don't always want to work together anyway). But it is SO worth it! I also have single-vision glasses for computer use and sewing...and bifocal sunglasses. It's expensive, but we gotta be able to see (and think). Good luck! Julie

11.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Filatoff

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