Lost in it

Here’s today’s challenge pairing, to be followed with what is sure to be a long-ish post …

But first, a look at the finds from the first walk in our new-to-us neighborhood park …

Some familiar, some not … starting upper left with mistletoe, and continuing clockwise, lichen, hackberries(?), seed pod of unknown origin, pecan, Osage orange (aka bois d’arc, aka hedge apple), and dried fruit from what I hope is native western soapberry, but might be invasive chinaberry (will have to wait for springtime leaves to determine).

Truly, I can’t walk without combing … filling my hands with wonder.

Anyway, on to today’s challenges. Yesterday older daughter Meg gifted us with some Faber Castell Gelato sticks, which paired beautifully with one of my current reads …

They can be used as crayons, but can also be applied with water and brush …

Having just read Marti’s comment on Acey’s blog, I was taken by her image with its bit of new-to-me artist Judy Chicago …

Wanting to play on a map grid that would be purely structural, I chose Poland, with its unfamiliar place names, then started painting in the blocks with different colors …

Until I saw it … the dreaded familiar word … place actually … and found myself painting in the color of iron …

Honestly, I just couldn’t help myself.

Then I was on to Acey’s Day 6 prompt:

Okay, so this, with colors that I love, but a somewhat intense composition …

Besides which, I’m not a huge fan of figural forms, so I dug out this used book find and started tearing out strips of like-colored stuff …

at which point things got a little crazy (and totally off-prompt), so I’ll give you the abridged version …

which ended up totally too big to put in my journal, so I copied it on my handy-dandy printer/scanner/copier and only then re-read the prompt and realized how far off I went …

Oh well, what’s done is done … which brings me back to where I started …

12 thoughts on “Lost in it

  1. This is a great post crammed full of wonderful visuals. The fact that you went so far beyond the prompt means you were deeper into your unique creative groove. I have that book. It’s in my can-be-cut-apart pile but so far I haven’t had the nerve.

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence … I’ve had the Decorative Ornament book for years … thank you for giving me good reason to tear into it!

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  2. It is a joy to come and see how you manifest Acey’s collage prompts and it is especially fascinating to see how they seem to be in sync with your crayola work. As for me, well I’m back into my world of cloth and thinking of how my attempt at paper collage making intersects with what I call my landscape cloth collages. The process seems to be very similar: an idea comes from what I hold in my hands, cloth, paper, and then it moves from there. I try to be a blank, letting cloth, paper speak to me yet in making my paper collage, it was a spark from Aceys prompt that moved me quickly into creating what I did- cloth tends to move slower for me for the conversation seems to be more involved between foraged gifts that mark and color cloth, to quietly arranging and placing cloth pieces to stepping back, pondering and then that click that says it is done. Paper collage seemed to be just the opposite, an immediate response to a theme and it will be interesting to see if my cloth work changes in any way from having made paper collages. The cloth I am stitching is an old one from many months ago. Unlike other years, I have not made a new year cloth yet so we shall see what comes when I do…

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    1. I agree that the process of cloth versus paper collage is influenced by the speed with which each can be completed … and I too wonder if my approach to cloth will change as a result of working with paper

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  3. Go off prompt anytime lady! What fun to see two completed images each day, as I know you must be having so much fun 🙂 I agree with Marti too…paper seems to go much faster.

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  4. dee commented somewhere that it’s an Of Course, that we will go back and change things.
    I like that a lot.
    This is wonder Full, Liz

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