constructing crafty calming collages

While searching for shells, breathing in the salty air, the tide adds a natural Gaussian blur to the sand sculptures. My mind drifts to daydreams as I watch the waves sink into the beach. Ah, lovely, indeed. πŸ–πŸ  Here in Texas I sit at a cluttered art desk [OK not a great segue?] and wander into pools of ink and collage and paint. I give myself space to play without an agenda, without a tour-guide. Always new territory to explore on my art desk.

3x5” stitched collages on index cards by Tammy Garcia

3x5” stitched collages on index cards by Tammy Garcia

"Every little fork in the road threatens to bring my work to a complete standstill, all because of some irrational belief that every molecule of the universe should be arranged to some ideal, unknown pattern. Perfection leads to indecision, indecision leads to procrastination, procrastination leads to cat GIFs. Perhaps perfect is the enemy. Of course, perfection is just an excuse, an admission of defeat at the daunting multitude of possibilities and variables available to me."
Daniel Gray

3x5” stitched collages on index cards by Tammy Garcia

3x5” stitched collages on index cards by Tammy Garcia

This week I’ve been constructing crafty calming collages comprised of circles or spheres cut with scissors. Art has historically been a breathing space during anxiety-filled weeks like this one… and so I return, day after day, and make things. This is a mini-series made of circles, imperfect circles, all attached with lines of thread. If I squint, I can see a map with islands [positive space] in a calm sea [negative space surrounding the circles]. Or earrings or illustrated stories or mobiles?

Circles made from gelatin prints, magazines, paper scraps, postal paper marked with Neocolors, gift wrap, math book text, maps, leftovers/unused things from other projects floating around the art desk.

I hope that you can find within your art practice a calming breath of fresh, salty, ocean air too.