Jigsaw puzzles, ravines, and oxford commas.
"Each person's life is lived
as a series of conversations."
When I'm working on my art I'm in my own little world. Strike that, because when I'm listening to an audiobook [murder-mysteries] or a podcast [about creativity, psychology, the intersection of humans & technology, photography]... I suppose I'm in two different worlds? Anyhow, the project is going well. It's FREEING to know that I've got 365 cards as fodder for discoveries, so there's no rush or pressure.
Why do YOU do art? I do this because I enjoy it. You can call it a hobby or an obsession or a curiosity or a science experiment, it doesn't matter. It's a productive way to avoid laundry. Plus, the more you do, the better you'll get!!! All I know is that if I keep going, the path will lead somewhere... interesting. And that is enough for me.
You know how I talked about the benefits of setting up a project that forms the backdrop of your year? So far this is actually the foreground, the part that is in the sharpest focus! My inks and little cards and brushes and water and dip pens and mop-up cloths are all over my art table. So if I want to do some art journaling I'm going to have to swoosh it aside and that takes energy. This week I've started playing with different stitch settings on my Janome which is fun.
Many of you are posting your 365s at instagram tagged #365somethings2018 and I'm very happy to see all of the cool stuff generated from this simple idea! 💟 It is encouraging for all of us to see others working on their art. We can all think about "what have we gotten ourselves into?" together and then pat each other on the back and do the next Something!
3x3" ink + thread on watercolor paper, somethings 25-28
3x3" ink + thread on watercolor paper, somethings 29-32
3x3" ink + thread on watercolor paper, somethings 33-36
P.S. I want to tell you something: you are wonderful. I love that you care enough to read all the way down to this part of the post! I know that few people are blogging any more and I do feel so old school. There is so much STUFF online that our brains are overflowing and we have to proactively choose what we read, what we support, what we want to do with our time. I guess it's always been like that but with different options. A different type of buffet. But anyhow, I want you to know that I appreciate that you guys read what I'm writing.
P.S.S. There's a Zine sale going on for 2 more days, so go grab the latest issue #17 and support a one-girl independent artist:) and know that it means a lot to me. I put so much zest + energy into each issue and 6 years of designing zines has taught me more than I ever could have hoped. About writing, about pairing up imagery + space in interesting ways... anyhow, I hope that they resonate with you too and that they have made a difference in how you approach your art.