Playgrounds, Paths, Ribbons & Patches

One of the goals I set for myself this year was to a) make 365 inked abstracts, and b) document the project here at Daisy Yellow. I’m HAPPY to tell you that I finished 365+ inked cards several months ago {YAY}!!! Now my goal is to get the project documented in a series of blog posts, picking up where I left off in the early fall.

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Yup, a series of 15! Went on a major tangent into these rainbow arches. Also created some on ICADs this past summer and in my journal, so this motif [for lack of a better description] really fascinates me. At first I could visualize these as rainbow arches, then as skies, then as a bird’s-eye-view of a park. It might be a botanical garden with a little railroad track and little activity areas… or a path around different flowerbeds, or an amusement park map.

An assortment from 365 inked Abstracts #160-210

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The first set above was masked with washi tape, and I focused on imperfect stripes of color. The middle set was inspired by ribbons and fringe, perhaps bunting or prayer flags with layers more and less translucent and sun glowing behind them. For the grid, I did a very chaotic grunge grid with rough texture and bleeds… and super inky fingers.

Lots going on around here on the art front -- my focus the past few months has been drawing in my moleskine, painting in gouache, creating a seemingly infinite quantity of inked cards - and developing/filming my new workshop Tiny Adventure.

A bunch of you have been playing along with your own individual 365 Somethings Project. At the #365somethings2018 tag at instagram you can see ALL OF THE GOOD STUFF! I’d like to give a shout-out to artists who are documenting the challenge at their groovy blogs. This is no small feat - it’s logistically complicated and takes a lot of dedication - so I wanted to point you in their direction! Lenna is doing 365 art cards, Hanna is creating square format collages, Jane is creating tiny stitched collages, Alison is making collages on tea bags, and Cindy is creating art cards with hearts.

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The first and last above are part of a series about pathways and were inspired by maps and landscapes. The second card is one of a set where I used the same marks and colors to see how different they would look. The third is one of a series of rainbows — a dream cloud-like blend that I often explore in acrylics.

The 365 Somethings Project is a quantitative goal to create 365 of something [and YOU define your own thing that you create - mine is little inked cards] within a calendar year. This is a project I'm doing with Hanna Andersson.