This is a little bonus idea 🎩 perfect for index cards - you can try one - pitch it if you literally drew four eyes or inadvertently put the neck on the forehead. Now it's your turn! I'm inviting each of you to draw a portrait - or a self-portrait. You can indeed do this even if you are adamant that you cannot draw.Read More
Thank you all for spreading 🌱💜 🦋 beauty, love, and kindness across ICADlandia. You guys are amazing! Using your imaginary global digital camera, take a snapshot of the glittery galaxy of index cards and take note of what is happening. It's summer and thus dreadfully hot here in Texas - so I have an excuse to chill out indoors and enjoy all of your cards! Here are just a few that caught my eye!Read More
We are going against the grain, in a crazy world,
making a proactive choice to DO creative work.
It is not easy to do what you are doing! You are so kind to each other, so positive, so effervescent in your feedback! I see you guys making new friends and getting more comfortable in your art-making!Read More
During the index-card-a-day challenge there are always SO many cards flying. I hope you've been propelled into idea-land. I know it probably doesn't make sense unless you have experienced idea-land. But ideas feed ideas and suddenly you're in the thick of paint and paper and designs and patterns and then it's time to start an idea notebook. Start tracking those ideas!Read More
Wouldn't it be boring if we all approached art in the same way? Like if we all had this goal, having our work fit into a bucket or category or label or x number of check-boxes from a particular set of rubrics.*
Your work can be folk art slash abstract slash dada slash land art. I like these possibly related words: nuance, simplify, revise, alter, polish, interpolate, arc. Grunge, geometric, gridded, gradient, gaudy, genre.
Random thoughts for today.Read More
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.Read More
So index-card-a-day is up and running once again! The Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, aka ICAD, is an amusement park, or maybe a Ferris Wheel with intersecting logistics and components and parts and gears and I love it to no end! Months before the challenge starts, I get the creaky wheels turning, starting with the multi-page checklists I make each year.Read More
"Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem."
And then, innocently enough, this little card came together in a flash. I solved the riddle. Text and texture, all at once.
Fragments from my collection of old books on a 3x5" lined, ordinary index card.Read More