Day 22: Glued felt to the back of the coasters. Started yellow page in art journal. Don’t know what it will be yet.
Day 23: A place to make a list of all the good things in my life.
Day 24: Few finishing touches & I’ve started my list of good things around the frame. I’ll keep adding to it all year.
Love me some van Gogh. Never more so than after the Doctor Who episode “Vincent and the Doctor.” Amy and The Doctor are talking and she says, “We didn’t make a difference at all.” And The Doctor responds, “I wouldn’t say that. The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” So this page is about my pile of good things.
Day 26: Ganesha art shrine started inside a Japanese candy box.
Day 27: Om art shine done. Remember to breathe today.
I think art shrines are so fun. I first saw one while we lived in North Carolina at this crazy greeting card shop in a mall in Chapel Hill. In the very back of the store was a tiny room that had been given over to local artists and it was full of art shrines. In fact the whole room was a shrine full of tinier shrines. There’s something about taking a mundane element, like a used candy container, and making it into something better, different, interesting.
When I was in high school, we’d take our lunch trash every day and build an art object which we called “Lunch Deceased #___”. (If I were doing that in today’s internet world, I’d probably have a Tumblr blog dedicated to it.) As I was building this shrine this week, I kept thinking about “Lunch Deceased” and the giggles we got out if it. And yes, I ran with a very nerdy crowd in high school, why do you ask?
Day 28: Sick dog & stopped up sink = no art today. 🙁
Yeah, Saturday started out well but by late afternoon when the kitchen sink was backed up and the dog was barfing every 30 minutes I knew that art just wasn’t in the cards for the day. I broke my streak at the month mark. It was kinda a sad moment and then I went back to cleaning the carpet.
I’m back on the job today though!
Thoughts after the fourth week:
Learning to hang in there and work on things a bit every day. Some days I get excited and want to spend way more time and I have to remind myself to leave a bit of something to do the next day. Having fun exploring my supplies and tools. Trying to resist the urge to buy new stuff and just use what I have on hand.