madhappycrafter

quilting, mosaicing, painting, and other adventures in making


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Internet Troubles – and a picture of an older work


Sorry for the lack of posts; been having modem troubles and haven’t consistently been able to access the internet. Here’s an image of a painting I did some years back that I particularly like. That doesn’t happen as often as I want it to – my really liking a painting – but then again, painting doesn’t happen nearly enough either. I long to be doing more painting! This painting is owned now by a friend; we traded art for services rendered. I think this is up there in my top 5 favorite paintings I have ever done.

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Why is this painting one of my favorites? That is harder to explain – it just “worked” – not without fear, experimentation, and revision, and the willingness to be lost or “ruin” it. Sometimes, magic simply happens, but that seems rare. More often I get lost, then find my way through somet obstacle. I know what I like – abstract art, simplicity, rich color, form, play of hard and soft edges, and most of all, feeling or emotion evoked. Generally, if I know it “works,” other people see it too.

I wonder if you have favorite things you have made, and if so, what are they, and why are they your favorites? How do they work – in what ways? What was the process? – because I believe that process is the fun of the journey.  But, of course, I am interested in “product” so that I can support my crafting habit with some occasional sales, LOL – so I’m curious to know what makes something work, and how I can make it happen more.

No answers here, but I think frequency and practice of your craft, whatever it is, opens doorways to more magic and going with a certain flow that lacks when one only does it occasionally. So what’s my excuse? How can I trick myself into doing more of what makes me happy, intrigued, excited, and sometimes exasperated – what makes me really come alive?

Would love to hear others’ thoughts on this topic – any part of it.

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Art postcards: what fun!

Been taking a once-a-month bookmaking class at the local Senior Center, where we are learning to make a book with pockets. We have a great teacher – John – he is enthusiastic, creative, generous with his amazingly cool array of materials and use of tools, and he’s loads of fun! We segued into making art postcards for each other (which conveniently fit into the pockets of our books.) I mailed mine out yesterday and so far, have received 5 from John and some other wonderfully creative people. I love it!

At first, I was skeptical. Was I was crazy for adding another distraction, keeping me from “real art?” (whatever I think THAT is! Did i read my last blog post that someone automatically wrote in a trance?) Why would I make “arty” books.? But that was before John, our fearless leader. Mailing, and receiving, these postcards has helped me rediscover my love for the United States Postal Service. It’s fun to give, and get, REAL mail –  Arty mail.

Here’s what my book looks like (all the books looked GREAT).  Here’s a picture of the front cover, then one of the book opened to reveal a few pockets, containing some of the FAB postcards I received:

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This is one of the postcards I didn’t (yet) send.

Through John’s delightful tutelage, I’m reminded that art for art’s sake – or rather, play/fooling around, for the sake of play – is FUN, stress-reducing, and entertaining.  And to my mind, it’s necessary. We human animals are designed for PLAY. It’s good to get lost and not know where you’re going, and find your way through the colored paint splatters and glitter. Who needs a TV?

Happy Crafting – Just for the fun of it.