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Index-Card-A Day A-Gain

My third – or maybe even my fourth? – year of planning to make art on an index card a day between June 1 and July 31. This annual challenge by Daisy Yellow Art has become part of the cycle of my year.

My ICAD output in June has been erratic, but I do intend to have 61 arty index cards in hand at the end of the day on the last day of July.

Here are two of the latest.

Something about the ratio of white space to vivid color makes me like these two cards a lot. ICAD is an invitation to experiment. Successful experiments are even better,

 

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A couple months ago, I made a big collage; the focal image was a muscular black woman artist whose reputation is currently on the rise. It was a pretty good collage, but I felt uncomfortable. I felt that I was using something that wasn’t mine. She’s not a public domain celebrity (yet!) or a model paid to put herself on display. And though I have seen some glamor photos of this artist, this was a fierce, un-glamorous one.

So I did what you do with unsatisfactory work – I cut it up. This 4 x 6 card features a fragment that was sufficiently anonymous that I was comfortable using it. The original image was robust, showing an artist as a strong figure. Hence the title “Art Strong.”

Originally the title was to be just “Strong.” The font I copied for the word strong  created a more playful effect than I wanted, so I added the bolder san-serif lettering above it. I hadn’t used the color yellow anywhere else, so I added a couple little golden flickers, and I was done. A lot of head work went into this one!

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