When my first FB arty/bloggy buddy Rachel at http://rachelmims.blogspot.com asked me to take part in this blog hop, I had an anxiety attack the size of Texas. What were the questions going to be? Would I have anything worthwhile to offer? But I said yes. “You must do the thing you fear”, you know. . .
How does my creating process work?
I gave myself some time, invited my peeps, and two nights ago sat down to compost my post. I have a bad habit of scribbling on anything near at hand, so that’s what I did. Now I can’t find it. Which is why my answer to the questions will not follow the order of Rachel’s.
Because this is how my creative process works. I know what I want to say, I may make exhaustive notes, but I end up flying by the seat of my pants. And that’s how it works in my art; what I see in my mind rarely looks like what ends up on paper.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work is part of a genre? Mixed media, I guess it would be. It is different because it is uniquely mine. Some people’s work is so distinctive that I can spot their influence in the work of others. You won’t see that in my work, partly because I do not take classes to learn how to make art like someone else; it is usually to answer some question inside myself.
I also tend to be on the lunatic fringe, making visual puns or just posting quotes. I’m really obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy ; I’ve learned a lot about myself from watching Grey’s.
What am I working on?
A horde of things!
June 1 marked the beginning of Index-Card-A-Day hosted for the 4th year by Tammy at http://daisyyellowart.com . She has a whole ICAD section, including prompts, rules, etc.
Here are my most recent cards:
Today starts Summer of Color 2014 held by Kristin. Check her post at http://www.TwinkleTwinkleLikeAStar.blogspot.com . This week’s colors are aqua blue, yellow and a pop of hot pink. Right up my alley.
I tend to be more of a writer than an artist, so I keep a written journal and an art journal, and I’m taking Heather Shafer’s Whole Life Design e-course.
Why do I create what I do?
“Because, God help me, I cannot do anything else”. A missionary I respect once said that, when asked why he preached. For me it is similar. I have all these feelings and dreams and thoughts pent up inside, and I have to get them out somehow. Jesus saved me for something, I just don’t know what. I am 62 years old and I love cats. More than anything I want to help a rescue, or sanctuary.
Part of the blog hop is that I get to direct all of you lovely readers over to three more people who will be participate in the hop!! Here they are:
Zoe Ford blogs from England and is a zendoodler, author and self-taught artist. Her daughter is also a blogger! Look for her at http://www.topfloortreasures.com
Ms. Patti Jarrett lives in Virginia, USA. Patti, a fellow believer is actually the only bloggy buddy I have met in real life! http://www.pattisjarrett.wordpress.com She takes incredible photographs and is a fantastic wordsmith.
Amy, in the East Mountains of Tennessee blogs at http://sweetredclover.blogspot.com . She is all kinds of crafty and also blogs. We “met” through the Decorated Life Planner group. She has 4 dogs and a cat!
As an added bonus, I offer Carlene Taylor Simmons, homeschooler, artist and mail art specialist. She can be found at http://www.carlenetaylorsimmons.com She has introduced me to the art of One Staple Collage!
Do go visit my wonderful friends. They will be posting their answers to the same questions on their own blogs next week, June 16.