Abstract Dots on Index Cards

"Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work,
from illuminating the fog that surrounds us."
Henri Matisse

What's an experiment, in terms of art?  My definition varies. Trying one technique a bunch of different ways. Expanding on a technique to make it more flexible. Often changing one or more variables along the way. Testing a hypothesis. Answering the question, "What will happen if....?" Playing around with a new art material to understand how it works in various situations. How a material interacts with other materials. The limits in terms of water or layering or warping or adhesiveness or whatever makes sense. Experiments are not so much about composition or content but about process. I'm looking to push my creative boundaries and challenge myself. 

3x5" index cards, stickers, gouache

I played around quite a bit with this idea. It was addictively, magnetically intriguing to see what would happen. I tried painting the stickers before sticking them to the cards, but they just fell apart, so I stuck the stickers to each index card and painted them. On each card, I explored an idea. 

And then I took one of the index cards and played in Photoshop to isolate the random dots! And it all started with the simple, inexpensive, humble index card, where you can let your imagination play.

index cardDaisy Yellow