the versions and variations and iterations

Realizing that the longer I work with a particular pen or ink or brush or paint, the more in tune I am to what it will do in different circumstances! I bet others would call this some kind of woo woo phrase to make it sound other-worldly or mysterious? I feel like what is really happening is that through practice you are gaining a deeper understanding of the materials. That is such good news, because it means that becoming a better artist is not magic and that what you do contributes to how your work evolves.

Like if you’ve done ICAD more than once, I bet that in your second run you felt more at ease with your work vs. the first run? If you are doing art consistently, just about every day, compare your work this month with your work from a year ago. There will be subtle but marked differences. You will be more comfortable approaching the blank page, the lines will have more expression, something will have changed. It may be a SUBTLE change, but it is happening. So DO more of what you want to learn to do. Versions and variations and iterations and what-if’s and mini-series and tangents, trial & error, practice runs, tests, and hypotheses.

3x5” gouache on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” gouache on index card by Tammy Garcia

Started without a plan and just let it bloom as I painted, with my thoughts on groovy 1960s/70s vibe, maps, leaves, and ogee patterns.

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” ink on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” ink on index card by Tammy Garcia

Dip pen meanderings in J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen.

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

So this was amusing and somewhat cathartic… started with a stitched paper collage on an index card, then deconstructed {✔️ curiosity} the collage… then put it back together with some adjustments… on another index card. So it’s kind of card upon card upon card, strike that, reverse it! 🔄 It kind of goes conceptually with what I’m doing in the garden, concocting a mix of fabric and paper and rust and letting it decay/weather/transform. More on that in an upcoming post!

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

Vertical scraps.

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” stitched collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

Horizontal.

3x5” gouache on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” gouache on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” collage on index card by Tammy Garcia

This was fun — painted index cards with ink and gouache and cut into rectangular pieces of index cards collaged onto another index card. I found this a good exercise in visual balance.

3x5” gouache on index card by Tammy Garcia

3x5” gouache on index card by Tammy Garcia

Such a delightful card to create, just me and my brush and an audiobook!