Wednesday, February 23, 2011

No Rules or Expectations......

For the last couple of weeks I have been trying to do things a little different. I have been paying more attention to how I spend my time and even more important, how I feel about what I am doing.

A few weeks ago I mentioned the relief and joy I felt after getting off the computer and back in my studio for a little hand coloring time. The awareness of how great that felt has helped fuel a deliberate attempt to seek out more ways to slow down.

One day I even laid down on my couch in the middle of the day (gasp!) and took a nap! While I was sleeping, Starbucks called and left a message to let me know they had found an extra $10 on a card I had registered but no longer had. No problem, they would just transfer it to my other card. Take a nap, make $10!

In keeping with the theme of mixing things up a bit, last week I began to play around with hand coloring a photograph after altering the surface of the print with a couple of different treatments. These are early and interesting experiments and there is a good chance nothing will come out of it, but I have to tell you, a creative light bulb of sorts has been illuminated.

With this new energy and enthusiasm, I spent an afternoon this week making "Artists Trading Cards" (aka ATC's) with talented artists JJ Jacobs and Merle Axelrad Serlin . I always felt that this was the stuff only "real artists" did, but since one of my experiments last week involved gesso, I felt a little more qualified to join in and create.

In addition to the glue, scissors, paper and paint JJ provided, I brought along some poppy images I had been working on the night before. I printed these out on a sheet of Moab Moenkopi Washi paper, a delicate, beautiful paper (and another experiment). 

What followed were a few hours of playtime. That is really the only way I can describe it. No rules, no expectations, no worries....... 
  I am looking forward to spending more time in what Melissa Dinwiddie calls the "creative sandbox"........Something may even come out of the great "gesso experiment" of last week. You never know..........


  1. I like the card you made, I don't know about artists trading cards, but it looks like fun. I'll be interested to see if you take this further. Have fun with it!

  2. LOVE IT!! Changing things up can really be fun! Makes you love other work you've done even more. Love the colors! I think it would look good framed with a large white mat with one of your wonderful wood frames! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I've done scenic ATCs once or twice. Your ATC looks very nice. I love taking naps but rarely get one. But they sure feel good. It's nice you took a break and it good to do something different.

  4. Thanks! It was a lot of fun and I even experimented adding some pastels to the flowers.

  5. Love the card and take a nap, make $10! If only that would happen every day!

  6. I had to respond to the title of your post. Reaching for solutions rather than rules is the way to creation. Also, I think the concept of making money while you sleep is wonderful. I hope you can develop that!

  7. Isn't it the case that when we let go, the solutions begin to come? I'm in that kind of space myself. Getting together with other artist friends is one of my favorite ways to stir the creative pot and it looks like you've come up with several new directions. Your card speaks to me of spring fever--time for blossoming!