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    Day 9: Where I Call Home

    What state do you call home? Do you remember the symbols from your school days; state bird, state flag, state flower? Is your state famous for something? Is there a rivalry with another state? How do people feel about it? Many of the prompts I create for my work come from inspiration while shopping and poking around all kinds of stores. I don’t often buy anything, but I like to search for that perfect treasure for someone. Today’s prompt came when I discovered a bag of pre-cut US state shapes in a craft store. They were tiny, less than an inch long for the average state. They made me think…

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    Day 7 Prompt: Let’s Face It

    Choose how you interpret this prompt. Focus on faces OR face your inner critic. Which feels juicier today? I can’t wait to hear about it or to see what you come up with. In a way today’s piece did both things for me. I painted one face, covered up two faces and faced my inner critic all in one journal spread. Not a bad days work! A little history if you will. I’ve been fascinated with painting and drawing faces since I had my first sketchbook. I have a vivid memory of one of the faces I painted in first grade, but I’ve been largely unhappy with my results since…

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    Day 5 Prompt: Wings

    Today’s prompt is wings. Paint, draw or find pictures of wings that inspire you. When I was a little girl, I wanted to fly. I suppose that’s not unusual in itself, but I was convinced that I would wake up one morning with wings. I’d secretly check each day to see if they had started to grow. As a teen I discarded my childhood fantasies and tucked those imaginary wings away into my closet with other impractical dreams. Will I ever fly with actual, physical wings? Probably not. But can I fly on the wings of my imagination? You better believe it! Creating gives me the sense of soaring beyond…

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    Day 3 Prompt: Play with Purple

    I guess it’s not surprising to hear that purple is one of my favorite colors. Perhaps my hair color gives me away? I’ve met a few people who don’t enjoy purple, but I’ve loved it since I can remember colors. Today is about playing with purple and layering color on top of colors. I tried my best to just use one color, but ended up adding turquoise and I have to say it’s hard to argue against the resulting combination for me. What can you find that’s purple? Tami and I look forward to seeing what you create today. I hope you’ll share. At the very least, please leave a…

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    Day 1 Prompt: Repeat After Me

    The March Ten Day Choose Art Challenge has begun! We’re glad you’re back. Today is all about repetition and patterns. How do you make patterns? By repeating a mark, design or thread. You can use stamps, pens or found objects to make your patterns. As many of you know I love circles. I’ve been known to grab glasses from the kitchen to use as a stamp when I couldn’t find a circle that was “just right.” What’s your favorite shape? Use that to make a pattern. For those of you who love the outdoors, go outside and find patterns. Nature has an abundance of patterns! If you can’t find them,…

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    March Ten Day Choose Art Challenge Begins Friday

    It’s time to start a new month and that means it’s time for another mini challenge to choose art for ten days! Beginning this Friday, March 1st, 10DCAC prompts will be posted each day on our blogs, Facebook Page and Instagram feeds. Tami and I have a great bunch of prompts for this month that we think you’ll enjoy. If you’re a person who likes to sneak in the closet and figure out your gifts ahead of time, we’ll post all of the prompts on the first day of the challenge. OR…for those of you who like to wake up to something new each day, you can follow along in…

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    Day 10: A Valentine to yourself

    We’ve all heard it before. Put your own oxygen mask on first. Easy to say, but do you really do it? Every day? What do you do to put yourself first? Do you ask for what you want? What does your self-talk sound like? Maybe today’s prompt will help! Write, paint, photograph or draw a valentine to yourself. What do you love about yourself? If that’s too hard, ask a friend or family member, “What’s something you love about me?” Write it down. Savor the way it feels. Think about what you came up with or what you were told. Tuck that away in your heart for the rest of…

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    Day 6: Everything Green

    Fun fact about today’s prompt – green is NOT one of my favorite colors. In fact if you look at my paints, I have the fewest choices in the green section. And yet … Green has been showing up in my journal and my paintings a LOT this past year. In the last painting class I took, green was everywhere! I can’t wait to figure out what it means. In the meantime, I’ll continue to explore everything green. What do you think of when you see green? Do you see dragons and enchanted forests? Do you see lush tropical plants, vegetables glistening in their bins, green fields, or shiny green…

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    Day 4: Home

    Where is “Home” to you? Is it where you grew up? Are you still there? Is it a childhood home, a region, a specific house or structure? Or is it a completely new place that you’ve created on your own? I find myself with two types of “home.” The first is my childhood home in eastern North Carolina. It’s a small crossroads in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of everything all at the same time. By errand standards, it’s not close to much, but by children’s standards it’s in the middle of all you need. Home is where the dinner bell rang loud and clear to let…

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    Day 2: Polka Dots – Inspired by Yayoi Kusama

    “Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity” Yayoi Kusama I’ve been dreaming of seeing the Infinity Mirrors Exhibit for over a year and this month I was able to see Kusama’s work at the High Museum in Atlanta. It was a visual feast of polka dots! And as my artist friends have said, “Lynne, you certainly like your circles.” Circles are important to me. They have so much symbolism throughout history and throughout our lives. Circles of women, family circles, calling circles in emergencies, circles gathered to celebrate and to mourn. Infinity Mirrors did not disappoint.…