It has been almost a month since I have last posted anything here. Creatively I continue to flit from art process to art process. My encaustic painting has for the moment, fallen by the way side, in favor of mixed media collage. I have been making cards, working in my various journals, doodling around collages and just plain playing with the art process in small doses.
I love to work small on card stock, begining with a loose watercolor, or cutting up and old watercolor that never really worked.
Then looking for images that seem to fit the background, adding them and then doodling around them in pen, ink and rubber stamps.
One thing leads to another and I play with them until I am satisfied. Then I glue them onto a blank card form and walla....art with a purpose, a card to send someone or a small collage to be framed.
Occasionally I fold up one of my watercolor rejects and collage on them as well.
They take on a life of their own, becoming whatever they turn into.
Then I doodle around them as well. What a wonderful soothing past time
for someone with energy to burn creatively, without worry about product.
I spend many an evening in the studio, chatting with my husband, on the phone or visiting with friends while I do this. Serious art, NO, but fun, soothing and Happy Making. YES.
Sometimes I stop before I go to far, letting these small card collages be sweet simple
statements, that can be sent to friends or maybe sold on my etsy shop.
Other times they become enigmatic visual storylines, that please me just for the sake of being.
Or they are just ways to reconfigure images that live in my expanding image bank....
in my journals awaiting more work to be done on them. So this is what I have been up to this month, as well as being a bit addicted to my facebook mandala page where I have been posting mandala images almost every other day.
All of this work is simply self soothing, life enhancing, art making, that takes the edges of off my day, and fills me with joy.
Happy Artmaking to All!