• 10DCAC,  Everyday Life

    June Day 2

    Prompt: How Does Your Garden Grow? I’m a fair weather gardener at best. The dreamer in me imagines flower beds spilling into meandering trails around my back yard. I see lush green vegetable beds surrounding my deck. The reality is I have three healthy heirloom tomato plants, healthy because they were started by a friend who’s a master gardener, and a few containers of Gerber daisies on the deck. Beamer and Comet (my star dogs) have made lots of meandering paths along the back yard, but no flower bed borders. In fact we’ve discovered that Beamer loves to eat plant shoots and flowers. The herbs that I nursed from seedlings…

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    Day 10. Last prompt for April!

    “If wishes were horses beggars would ride.” Can’t tell you how many times I heard that quote growing up. A quick research session attributes the quote most commonly to a nursery rhyme from the 1840’s If wishes were horses, Beggars would ride: If turnips were watches I would wear one by my side. And if if’s and an’s were pots and pans, the tinker would never work. English Nursery Rhymes Collection, 1840 Why choose it for today’s prompt? Seemed like a good idea at the time! Truthfully, it promises to be a fun prompt – especially for collage or photography. Besides, who doesn’t love horses or dreams? I thought we…

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    April Ten Day Choose Art Challenge Kick-Off

    Are you ready for an Instagram Art Party? Have you heard of them? Join Tami and me on Sunday, March 31st from 8-9 EST as we kick off the April 10DCAC with an art party! Follow each of us on Instagram so you can follow along on Sunday night. Choosejoystudio & Lhudsonnc Grab your favorite art supplies, your favorite beverage and/or snack of choice and get ready for some quick art making. We’ll have two fun bonus prompts that night. We’ll both hop on IG at 8pm EST with prompts. Have your computer or phone so you can join in on the conversation while we create. If you haven’t tried…

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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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    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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    Books I Love – 3

    This one is for people who like to take a deep dive into art history. I found it through an interlibrary loan search and it’s a keeper! For those of you who want to continue learning about women artists in history, I recommend Broad Strokes, by Bridget Quinn. The full title is Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order). It’s an interesting read with examples of their work as well as stories about how their work was received during their lives and after. It’s an compelling glance at art history through the lens of women and their work and how they fit in (or…

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    Books I Love – 2

    Today’s book is A Big Important Art Book (Now With Women): Profiles of Unstoppable Female Artists – and Projects to Help You Become One written by Danielle Krysa founder of The Jealous Curator. I share this title because it’s part of my re-education in art history. Even though I graduated from a women’s college, my art history education was filled with white western men. I’m not maligning my education, I just choose to expand it! A Big Important Art Book has quickly become one of my foundation texts as I curate a collection for this expansion course. (If that kind of workshop sounds interesting, it’s a new course I’m teaching…

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    Books I Love

    For the next few days I’m going to share books I love and am currently reading. Why? Because it’s a great time of year to be inspired. By reading about other artists and creative entrepreneurs, we gather ideas and inspiration. I always think that with each person we meet we change just a little bit. Same goes for the books we read. I’m on a non-fiction binge right now, but fiction is equally inspirational. Let me know if you like the books I share AND share some of your favorite books that inspire you in the comments or on Facebook or Instagram. Today’s book is The Creative Habit: Learn It…

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    Day 9: Making Mandalas

    I was re-introduced to mandalas during a free online course Kathryn Costa offered in December. She also has a great book, The Mandala Guidebook: How to draw, paint and color expressive mandala art that I was lucky enough to get over the holidays. I’m in love! Over the last few weeks, I’ve been following the book and making at least one mandala a day. Each time I create one I think it’s my favorite…and then I do the next one, which becomes my favorite. The grid mandalas made with a compass and protractor are my current favorites. Creating the patterns appeals to my inner techie while adding the details and…

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    Day 7: Beautiful YOU!

    As women we are shown at an early age what the standard of beauty is for our generation. This standard shifts slightly within each generation, but in my opinion it’s rarely the true meaning of beauty. The things my friends and I did as young women to attain our given standard of “beauty” were sometimes extreme and rarely healthy. We didn’t see until much later that we were surrounded by the strong, beautiful women who were our mothers, teachers, grandmothers and professors who were guiding us through the world. Today let’s celebrate the beauty of an important woman. The beauty of you! There are many ways to do this. Take…