|Solstice Heat, June 21, 2014|
I am very nostalgic and emotional about fireworks. I associate them with happy memories of Summer evenings.
Do you know that moment in a fireworks display when you can hear the the swizzle sound of many rockets rising into the sky at once?
There is excitement, yes, anticipation, but also a nanosecond of wistfulness. Because you know you've reached the final minute of the display. Soon it will be over.
I am feeling a bit that way tonight. Sixty-one days of thinking about and making art as part of Tammy Garcia's ICAD 2014 challenge are drawing to a close. I am looking back on the small, yet powerful set index cards that I've drawn on, painted on, glued on, and experimented on during the past two months.
I really made some serious attempts to use the challenge as an opportunity to try new things. I tested the waters on some new media. At the beginning, I worked very hard to stay on the daily prompt. After a while, I made up my own prompts or more often found sources of inspiration out around me.
When I created something that I thought was ugly or messy or not what was in my head, I tried to rework it or recycle it into something I did like.
|Super Moon, July 11, 2014|
|Turquoise Dragonflies, July 27, 2014|
|Golden Mushroom, stamp on Gelli plate print, July 23, 2013|
The challenge also encouraged me to attempt some media that I had been admiring for a while. I first learned about Gelli Arts plates last year, and saw videos of the technique back in the Spring. I kept meaning to get the supplies and try it.
Finally, I bought myself a 5 x 7 Gelli plate and began printing acrylic backgrounds. My Golden Mushroom card made use of monoprints for the background and frame. The rubber stamp (embellished with ink) is one that I traced from a printed design and cut myself with a carving tool and Speedball printing plate. I hadn't carved my own stamp since I was a teenager!
|Any Route Permitted July 8, 2014|
Other days, I enjoyed recycling bits of ephemera from my trip to England this summer. I could not help including tickets, cut-outs from Time Out Magazine and other papers in my daily collages.
Now the ICAD 2014 Challenge is drawing to a close, but the effects are lingering.
I am grateful for the support of other artists out there like me who are part of the Daisy Yellow community. I was inspired by your work and I hope you found something interesting about mine in exchange. It's wonderful to send a tiny bit of art out into the world and receive a trickle of "likes" and comments almost instantaneously. It's nice to know that I'm not alone in wanting to make art a part of my busy life.
Well, the last crackles and shimmers of fireworks are fading away tonight. Tomorrow's a new day. I'm feeling motivated and excited. I have a number of other art classes and projects out there waiting for me just over the horizon.
|Grand Finale, July 31, 2014, sari silk, collage, and ink on paper|