Friday, July 31, 2015

Won't you stay?

Oh ICAD, it's been grand.
Must we part so soon?
I am reluctant to let you go.
We've had such fun!





Still, I will not take advantage of your good nature by continuing this relationship into August.
I do not wish to invite resentment or jealousy into our dynamic.



I will be strong, stand tall, and simply say "see you next year."

Friday, July 24, 2015

ICAD July 15-24

Splatters and scribbles and drips and smears are all I want to do this summer.
This year's index cards are certainly "of a kind."











Have you read any good books lately?  I've started and not finished about a dozen books recently because I just can't find anything that grabs me.  I'm going on vacation in early August and need some good suggestions on what to read!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Index cards forever

I'm at that point in the summer where I start to think "I love ICAD so much.  Flimsy 3x5 paper is the best substrate in the world.  I'm not going to stop July 31st.  I'm going to keep making an index card a day forever"


The first year (2011) the challenge was June 1- Aug 31 and I kept going straight through 'til October.

But the very next year (even though the challenge ended July 31st) I only made it until July 5th because I had an elephant sitting on my chest.

In 2013 and 2014 I was going strong through June and July and was CERTAIN I'd keep going, and yet was ever-so-happy to stop once August 1st rolled around.

This year, August is only 17 days away and I don't feel anywhere near done with this project.

Even when it's past my bedtime and I realize I haven't made a card and I don't have any good ideas, I pull off things in haste that I end up loving.
7-13-15 (I really kind of love this one)

 I am on a roll.
I am on fire.
I am going to do this forever.

But.... I have unexpected travel this weekend, with long hours in the car, and hotel rooms, and loved ones and grieving, and loving and I already know I'm not packing much in the way of art supplies.
Will I want to make something?  Will I NEED to make something?  Will I be cutting and pasting travel brochures and the yellow pages from the Holiday Inn Express in Cleveland?  Will I forgive myself if I don't make something?  This remains to be seen.

It's not like I don't have plenty of "extra" index cards to fill in for these coming days.  I have a whole basket of alternates that don't get the official ICAD date stamp for whatever reason.  Like this one:

date unknown

or this one:
date unknown

I could have waited until next week and labeled them 7-18 and 7-19 and you never would have been the wiser, but I am a stickler for the EVERY DAY notion of this challenge.
(perhaps this unyielding attitude is why I burn out by August every year.)

One day and one index card at a time.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

37 and counting

Here are the latest in the index-card-a-day project. 
I haven't missed a day yet.
I almost missed making one July 3rd because I was up late drawing cats in bars and watching the dreadful final season of the Gilmore Girls and then Max suddenly and unexpectedly had a fever and I stayed up until 2AM keeping him company while he shivered and when he finally fell asleep I realized I hadn't made an index card so I slapped something together before I collapsed.  The next morning I looked at it and it was so odd I had to add a few more layers to salvage it.  When I look back on this summer's collection of cards I think it's going to evoke the memory of a two-month fever dream.







Do you have a favorite?
I'm partial to July 1st.

Monday, June 29, 2015

ICAD week 4

Hard to believe we are already 28 days into the Index-Card-a-Day challenge.
So far, all of my cards have been dominated by paint.  Loose and messy, with shadows and drips.  I wonder if I will continue in this style next month.
I kind of like having a cohesive body of work, but I don't want to be stuck in a rut either.

I recently pulled out my old dictionary and a bunch of pressed leaves fell out.

Do you think Al Gore drives a Civic and dropped his key tag at my local Stop & Shop?

Or not...

Do you post your work on-line?  Do you feel your work looks better in real life or on the screen?  I often like my on-line images better than the actual piece.
These next few are the opposite.  I like them way better when I hold them in my hand.

As soon as I added the photograph to this next card I began dreaming of a whole series using photographs.  Good thing there are still 32 days left in this challenge.