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It’s Good to be Back

Things have slowed down and I am back on line!  The Small World of Inchies seemed to be such a manageable way to reenter challenges and art in general.  The theme is faces and I found it to be such a wonderfully simple and soothing start….

faces 1faces2All were done with pastel pencils, gelly pens, and graphite pencil.  I loved how the expressions changed with subtle line and color variations.

I’ve been itching to get back to work…just wanting to play in paint, use color, glue stuff, tear, layer…these were a small way in and since I did these yesterday I’ve been working on backgrounds and adding layers, paint, collage papers to randomly started pieces.  Nothing is done but these little faces.  I have sheets and open books littered around drying and waiting for their next layers, but these inchie faces are complete!

In this busy time keeping me from art I did have time to think about the art and the blog.  I am torn.  I noticed I spent a lot of my time and blog space on the challenges.  I enjoy them and find they get me started when I’m not sure where to start.  But I wonder if I relied on them too much.  I was not moving past them and doing the work I’d intended to do when I began this on-line journey.  Admittedly, I must also recognize that with the challenges I received feedback on my work.  That did not happen as much with my non-challenge postings.  At this point, I am looking to find a balance: use the challenges to warm up and motivate me AND work on my self-generated pieces.  Balance, always the goal and forever illusive…..



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Both Mixed Media Monday and the Inchy by Inch challenges had “stitches” as their themes.


I worked on a gouache background stitching by hand around curves and lines.  I added a square of fabric and 2 inchies…one hanging freely–the lower one.  I enjoy stitching on paper and mixing soft and hard materials.  This one feels still, a bit “hard” and at the same time it felt done.  Thanks for looking!


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Stuck and Unstuck

Last night wanting to create but not knowing what, I relied on a tried and true “jump start.”  I have a tin filled with cut out words and phrases from magazines.  Often a poem of sorts happens, sometimes a word/phrase becomes the title for artwork.  Last night, the poem thing happened.  I had made some inchies before, also hoping they would spark off some ideas.  In the end they all came together as a journal entry.  By some synchronicity, Created by Hand’s challenge (“Tuesday CBH challenge on the blogroll) today was “nature”…so here is my entry:


"The Birds of sorrow found the universe open and gathered"

The bird stamp is from Ink A Dinka Do, butterflies and birds and there is an Ink A Dinka Do stamp from the gemstones and jewels set on the inchies.


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