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Art books for children are satisfying for adults, too. I picked up a copy of Alphab’art (Anne Guidry and Olivier Dussatour) at my library. There are 26 pictures, each one including a hidden letter of the alphabet. This Miro contains a “G,” quite a few of them in fact and not at all hidden.

2017-07-07-Miro

I was inspired to make an index card (ICAD 2017 #35) with one of the many ideas that spring out of this painting.
2017-07-05
Would I hang this over my sofa? You betcha.

My Guru

Wow [surprised as usual by the passage of time and the amount of stuff I’ve created since about 2001.]

About 8 years ago, I retrieved a Jiffylite padded envelope from the trash at the university History Department where I worked. I made a large mixed media artwork on this recycled canvas sometime later.

It has an outsized presence — it’s 15 x 22 inches and very colorful — so there’s never been “the right place” to hang it, and it’s also a bear to store.

Today I scanned it in parts and e-stitched it together, using a few digital tools to disguise some of the joins. I still like it a lot and don’t want to look at it all the time, which you’ll understand if you enlarge the image.

That’s a frilly blue cocktail pick in my guru’s hand. I doubt I’ll ever make anything quite like this again.

Sometimes juxtaposition does most of the work! And then a little oblique text does the rest: “chitchat is frowned upon until the break.”

There’s also a little pen work on the background, crayon resist (dark, I wish I had used gray instead of black), and some pinkish felt tip marker.

…I made this sunburst card, and today’s the day I mail it to someone. I think it is made with acrylic paint and watercolor pencil, but I’m not sure. I’m so glad I can keep a digital image of it.

Adventures in ….

Last night I experimented with heavy crayon over alcohol ink. I thought it might be possible to scratch out a pattern through the crayon, but the result looked meager. I threw the card away.

This morning I thought I’d apply gesso over the discarded work and do something on the new surface, using the “what’s on my desk?” technique. This card is what I made, from an acrylic skin (defined below if you need a definition), a magazine clipping, and some yellow paint, which wasn’t on my desktop but had been, recently.

An acrylic skin is a dried-out patch of acrylic paint — typically many layers — that can be peeled up from your palette more or less intact. Being acrylic, skins are more than willing to be pasted down with acrylic medium. With any luck, they are a little grungy, with ragged edges and oddly mixed colors, as in this instance.

This still-damp card has been scanned through a piece of plastic wrap to protect the scanner surface. Light reflects erratically off the plastic and adds little white flecks to the image, a digital bonus.

The Second One

(As I may have said before) I am taking part in the Index Card a Day challenge from Daisy Yellow Art. That means I’m committed to making art (or putting something) on an index card every day in June and July.

The idea is to be literal — one index card each day — but we each decide quietly just how literal we will be. The only rule is that it’s an index card.
Some of the participants are making phenomenal small works of art; and some of us occasionally have to scribble “no art today” on an index card before we go to bed.

What I’m finding is that after I make my card for the day, I often want to make another card, and I often like the second card better. Making something primes the pump for making something else. So here’s today’s card #2.

Unbelievable (to Me)

Index cards are a frustrating weight: too light for water-based media and too heavy for certain other things. But wait.

I made a rubbing using a piece of ordinary paper as my rubbing plate. It had been given a shaped edge when I cut a variety of small shapes out of it yesterday.

With a soft-ish Art Stix crayon, I got a very nice impression, moving the “plate” three times in total. It looks like tree bark to me.