Like I said yesterday, I expect many of the rest of my 30x30x30 posts to be artist trading cards for The D Card Project. Today is one of those days. To make these, I used craft paint for the background, then dripped oil-based latex paint, and on top of that, I dripped acrylic-based latex paint. Because the acrylic paint is water-based, it globs and gets partly swallowed by the oil-based paint, which looks kind of neat. I suppose it looks like a mess, but I enjoy paint, and exploring its physical properties, and these reflect that.
September 24, 2013
September 23, 2013
After three days, I’ve come to the conclusion that 2.5″x3.5″ artist trading cards are the perfect size for fulfilling my daily 30x30x30 art projects. It’s quite possible most of the rest of my 30x30x30 art projects will be ATC’s as I prepare for the first round of The D Card Project. Here are the latest two cards.
September 22, 2013
I’m really excited about The D Card Project, which I told you about yesterday. I’ve been making more cards, which has doubled as my 30x30x30 project for the last couple of days. So far, six people have tole me they’re interested in joining the first artist trading card swap, and I’m hoping more will decide to participate with us. As I said previously, this is not a big “event” like Diabetes Art Day or World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange. Rather, I expect it will be smaller, with a more intimate feel to the overall experience. if you’re interested in joining, or if you have questions before you decide if you’d like to try it, please let me know.
September 21, 2013
I’ve decided I have a brain parasite that eats my brain tissue and poops out art project ideas. I have at least two solid ideas with project names, and a few more fuzzy, unnamed ideas. I posted about my parasite on Facebook, and Courtney kindly helped me name it Arturo. If you can’t squash it, give it a name and a hug. Arturo it is.
Arturo has been wanting me to do an artist trading card project. Once he pooped out the idea, he kept pooping out reminders, so I figured I had better get on top of it. Artist trading cards are 2.5″ by 3.5″ individual works of art, typically created on some kind of art paper or card stock, depending on what art materials you want to use. You can buy packs of blanks online, which I suggest because there is a broader selection of types of paper, or you can buy them in some arts and crafts stores. I bought some at A.C. Moore because I’m too inpatient to wait for an online order. Obviously, you can also cut larger sheets of paper down to size, but the little packs are convenient. They are the size of baseball cards, so people who collect them typically keep them in the same clear display sleeves that baseball card collectors use.
I’m calling this art initiative The D Card Project, a reference to the practice of “playing the D card,” which essentially means using diabetes to one’s advantage. Participants and I will be using diabetes to our advantage by getting creative, connecting with each other by trading cards, and then having a tangible collection of mini artworks to remind us of our D friends and their ongoing support.
This is how I expect it to work: I’ll collect names and addresses of people who want to participate. If it’s less than 10-20 people, which is what I imagine it will be, then all of us will make cards for each other, and send them. At some point, I’d like to organize another round of trade, scheduling trades periodically. The logistics of it are sketchy because a lot depends on whether or not anyone even wants to participate. Interest will also dictate how often we do it. There’s no website, but for now, there’s a Facebook page.
Needless to say, it is very similar to the World Diabetes Day Postcard Exchange, but I think the small size of the cards make them less intimidating to people who don’t consider themselves artists, and quicker to make. There’s more flexibility with content, as opposed to the blue circle theme of the WDDPE. Also, The D Card Project isn’t intended to be an event in the same way that WDDPE is an event. I envision something smaller, more casual, and less structured. I want it to be a fun opportunity to connect with other diabetics, young and old (or people affected by diabetes), using art. Over time, I hope people who participate regularly build their own private collection of tiny works of art from the DOC.
I created a couple of cards, which are my 30x30x30 project for today.
September 19, 2013
Today’s drawings, which represent my 30x3x30 submissions for yesterday and today, are a continuation of the drawings I submitted yesterday – same idea, but variations as I experimented with the imagery. As I said yesterday, these drawings relate back to my paintings, and tomorrow is the first day of my fall painting class. It’s a class offered by a local community art center that I’ve been taking since January 2012. I like the instructor, and I like the structure of the class, which is essentially unstructured – work on your own paintings, at your own pace, with instructor feedback along the way. There are a core group of people who take the class every session (fall-winter-spring-summer), and I’ve become friendly with them. We’ve all been artists for years, so it’s more of a workshop than a class because the instructor doesn’t teach technical skills, as much as offer guidance and prod people to develop their style. I like working independently, but I also like getting feedback along the way from the instructor and the other people in class, so it’s been a nice balance for me. Having the structure of a class, 3 hours each week to focus on painting, has been good for me too. I’m not so good about setting aside time on my own. That’s why I was drawn to the 30x30x30 project – I need a little bit of structure to get going on art-making sometimes.
Anyway, I’m excited that the class starts tomorrow since I had to miss the summer session, and these drawings have been useful to reorient me to the imagery and ideas I’ve been exploring in my paintings over the last couple of years. I’m looking forward to making a mess tomorrow!