Friday, August 19, 2011

Mark Making; Making One's Mark

I have started making a triptych cover for each of my ATC's that gives my contact information, the date of the trading session, and the title of the ATC. The cover uses recent art from my journals and art shows.

This month I used my Perfectionist Gremlin and "Seated Nude at the Confluence" from the Third Annual Naked in Lyons show at the Ohm Gallery.

Inside the cover is a poem about laughter by Susie Petersiel Berg, called "So Many Words for Laughter."

On the back of the poem is a page of words associated with "laughter." I stamped my chop over the words on the back and made 12 copies of the cover and poem insert.

This ATC was a collaboration between the Muse and what Quinn McDonald calls the Gremlin, in her permission-giving book, "Raw Art Journaling." She encourages artists to Confront, Confine, and Confound the Gremlin. A fun way to not get rid of but to dialog with the Gremlin is to draw it on a separate piece of paper and then choose a time to have a dialog. You can then allow it to speak or be in your studio on your own terms. One art Gremlin many of us deal with is Time.

The Gremlin says, "Wash Dishes; Go Shopping; Do your Laundry; Then you can do your art, but only if you are perfect."

The Muse says, "In God's Eternal Now there is time enough for all things."

Many artists complain they do not have enough time to do their art. Lesley Riley challenges artists to make time for their art by:
1. Announce your commitment
2. Set boundaries.
3. Schedule time.
4. Create a habit.
5. Plan Ahead

This is the year I will spend Mark Making and Making One's Mark. A year from now, it will be interesting to see where this journey has taken me.

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