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Stratosphere Mandala


9x9" mandala, aquabee drawing journal, slicci pen and watercolor


A bit of a reality check. I am feeling more and more that I'm spinning wheels here all by myself. The truth is that I am going to do art no matter what. I am going to create, paint, stitch, draw, doodle, read, write, photograph, problem-solve, brainstorm, alter, glue, sew, collage, stamp, sketch, drip, embellish, collect, dream. But I need to figure out how Daisy Yellow will fit into all of that.

My message from the beginning has been that adding art + creativity to your day can make you happier and can make life better. That is why I do this. I want people to know that art can make a difference. But I don't know if I am making enough of a difference. There are a lot of others with the same mesage, I think.

For a good part of October, we'll be traveling and I will be taking a bloggie break. On Saturdays, you'll see the Journal List Project Hanna and I are doing. There will be some other posts. Chances are, I'll return from our trip refreshed and write 100 new posts and go head first into Art Every Day Month in November.... but for now I wanted to share a few thoughts.

editor's note... after 10 comments...

OK, You guys are too kind. Thank you! I will be blogging until early October, then taking a break through late October. I appreciate each and every comment. And if you are ever not sure what to say in a comment on a blog {here or anywhere}, here's what I do on other blogs. I think about what went through my mind when I read the post or saw the art. Maybe I smiled when I saw a particular color or color palette. Maybe I am curious why the artist used a particular type of paint. Maybe something in the post gave me a new way of thinking about something or a new approach. I might want to know if the artist liked the particular watercolor paper they used. Maybe I tried something similar, and want to share a bit of the experience. Like a blog post about blueberry pie - I might say that the last time I tried it the pie was too juicy. Or the post might be about finding inspiration in nature and I just recently sat at the zoo sketching the zebras {OK, I've not done that but it sounds fun}. Think of a comment as part of a conversation. You walk up to a group at a party {a party where they do art all the time, a really cool party} and they are talking about stuff, and you chime in. It's like a wave, or a smile. I am trying to leave more blog comments, too, and I have to sometimes tell myself... "hey, time to pop around and say hello!"

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Reader Comments (27)

you my dear have way more impact than you could ever possibly imagine. AND another thing - you have your very own unique spin on blogging - a really valuable asset in my mind. there is ALWAYS inspiration here and it's because your passion shows through Tammy. by all means - take a deserved break and enjoy your travel time - but know this - you will be missed!!! and we will be here waiting for you with whatever you have to offer when you come back :)

09.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Lagore

Ohno, please do not stop blogging! I like to follow your creative adventures!

09.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrma

Love your posts!!!! and your enthusiasm!!! Everyone needs a break once in awhile... please just don't forget to come back!!!!

09.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmie

You are definitely an inspiration as I begin my 'art journal' journey.....I agree...don't forget to come back!!!!!!

09.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I've been very quiet, a lurker, but I'd like you to know that your posts have inspired me to add art back into my life by doing a simple daily sketch and to get out my old The Artist's Way book. I am happier with art in my life. The examples of your work that you post give me fresh ideas to try. Thank you and have a good month off.

09.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDottie

I believe all bloggers go through this. We post and post and when we don't get the comments we think we should we question "what's it all for". Ultimately I think we blog for the connection and comments are the perfect way to SEE that connection. But really we are ALL guilty of not supporting one another all the time. We love to pop in check it out and move on. I hope your break gives you the clarity you need but really you have to do it because it brings you JOY!
Love your imagination and your spirit. Enjoy all your October fun!

09.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

You say there are loads of others doing what you do, but I haven't found them! I enjoy reading your posts and seeing your art and would be disappointed if you left us! I'm also terrible at commenting - It's because I'm not an artist and so feel a little funny about giving you an opinion. Not that my opinion is ever negative btw!

09.19.2012 | Unregistered Commenterwendy

I have never left a comment before, but I look at your blog every day and have gotten so many great ideas and inspiration from it! I am pushing 60 and I am an absolute novice at trying art after a lifetime of thinking "I can't" -- and your blog has been THE main motivation behind my being brave enough to try it without getting so self-critical. The ICAD challenge has been an especially effective and fun catalyst to just get in there and do it. It also inspired me to reach out to others among my friends and host a "crafty hour" where we all did some ICAD pages. Your photos are gorgeous, your site is well-organized, I love the wonderful quotes you use, and there is such an amazing variety of ideas, techniques, materials here ... so take a break and take care of yourself, but please don't think you're not making a difference!!

09.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarjie

I'm chiming in with all the others to say how much brightness your art brings to my world....I do hope you have a lovely break during October and return refreshed. I'll miss your posts till then! xoxo

09.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Yours is one of the few blogs I read everyday. If there are loads of other bloggers doing what you do, I haven't found them (or at least they are not doing it as well as you so I haven't stuck around). Sometimes I don't get art in everyday, but at least I have you reminding me that it's worthwhile. Enjoy your break, I will miss you and look forward to your Saturday posts. In the meantime, you have a wealth of ideas that I haven't tried yet, so I'll just content myself with combing the archives. :)

09.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

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