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Thursday, June 29, 2017

100 Day Challenge #15

More of that shape I really like

I came back to this one a day later and tweaked it a bit. This is my final image:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 14

This one was inspired by Crystal Neubauer's book on expressive collage. I liked a piece of art paper that she used, so I printed a similar one with my gelli plate. Hand-printed papers, ephemera, acrylic paint, vintage book parts, cardboard.

I highly recommend her wonderful book, for sale at Amazon: The Art of Expressive Collage

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

100 Day Challenge #13

This one is more crafty than artsy. I have always loved this photo with "my room" written in the upper corner. I don't know whose room it was because it's not a family photo, but I'm sure that it was lovely.

Monday, June 26, 2017

100 Day Challenge # 12

Distressed ephemera, hand painted papers, hand printed papers, water soluble wax crayon, graphite. I like this one in both orientations.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

100 Day Challenge #11

Vintage book parts, hand printed papers, art papers, acrylic paint, ephemera.

100 Day Challenge #10

Water soluble wax crayon, acrylic paint, India ink, collage

The good thing about the 100 Day Challenge is, that it takes the pressure off when I am working on a piece. If it doesn't thrill me I think, " I have 99 other opportunities to make something else."  When you do 100 pieces, you will get some really nice ones and a few "clunkers" as a matter of course. So, you can't beat yourself up if you don't like one or two. I recently took a class with Jane Davies. She related that she made 60-some practice pieces using a certain technique. She remarked that only 30-some pieces came to a successful conclusion. She taught that the "failures" also have value, as they are part of the process.

When I work, I sometimes let a piece sit for a few days, while I wait for a hunch about how to finish it. This challenge forces me to finish rather than letting them sit and accumulate. It fosters a certain decisiveness. 

I can also do small mini-series. These first 10 were monoprint collages with a lot of color. The next 10 will be more neutral (I think!) inspired by Crystal Neubauer.

So, 10 down and 90 to go.......

Thursday, June 22, 2017

100 Day Challenge #8

Not my favorite.....I wish I had used hand drawn marks instead of the dots.  Collage, acrylic paint, fabric paint.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Life Happens 100 Day Challenge Days 5 and 6

I left town to help my son with a back injury, from which he's improving well. When I got home I also got sick, from which I'm recovering well. So I've picked up the challenge where I left off. Here are Day 5 and Day 6. I developed the one for day 5 more, to arrive at day 6.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

100 Day Challenge

There is a 100 Day Art Challenge going on. I am intrigued by it and will participate. I've decided to do a 5" x  5" piece every day. At the end I can mount them on little canvasses as mini art, or mount them onto blank greeting cards. This is my first one, only 99 to go!

I really like this one, off to a fun start! You can see other artists' images on Instagram at #100daychallenge

Day 2

Monoprint, graphite and collage.