February 3, 2014

Diabetes Art Day 2014

Filed under: Awareness,Creative Expression — Tags: — Lee Ann @ 11:40 pm

Today was the 5th annual Diabetes Art Day. When I started DAD in 2010, I figured it would be a one-time event. I’m so grateful… I mean, so grateful that it has endured. I have lots of thoughts and emotions swirling in my head and heart after spending the day finishing my own painting, looking at the incredible variety of art submissions, reading blogs, sharing art, commenting, dealing with the DAD website issues (argh… another issue, but alas, a big chunk of the day since Diabetes Art Day is a web-based initiative).

The thought that floated to the top as I sat to write this was how much I love seeing everyone’s work because I get to see a different side of them. For all the closeness and family spirit that characterizes the DOC, I feel a loss at not being able to develop and foster relationships in person. The artwork offers new insights into people though. If everyone were a house, their Facebook page would represent one window, twitter accounts another, blogs another. Each window gives me a chance to get a new view into the house. But the art lets me walk into the front door. I suspect others might argue that blogs are the front door, or maybe Facebook is, but for me, the artwork represents the front door because I feel like it’s so much more personal, conveying depth and vulnerability that is a little more raw.

That’s what I love about Diabetes Art Day. It’s a personal invitation to come into everyone’s home, to see them as they are. The art offers an opportunity to know someone in a way that I wouldn’t otherwise know them. And I love that.

My Diabetes Art Day submission is a painting, titled, “Hemoglobin A1c #2.”

"Hemoglobin A1c #2"

“Hemoglobin A1c #2″

January 15, 2014

“What was accomplished?”

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January 4, 2014

Self(ie)-Actualizing

Filed under: Type 1 diabetes — Tags: — Lee Ann @ 12:43 am
#365feministselfie: 1-3-14

#365feministselfie: 1-3-14

The last time I posted, I was in the midst, and actually getting close to completing 30x30x30. Then I went on a solo road trip to Texas to see my family. I brought a big bag of art supplies, but I also brought my dog, Kaylee, so between the trip there and back – a total of four 12-hour days driving – and being a single dog-mom in my family’s home, worrying about keeping Kaylee occupied and out of trouble, while also spending quality time with the family, art never happened. I had a good run with 30x30x30 while I was able to keep up though, and you’ll likely see some other art project of some sort posted here sooner or later.

Now it’s 2014, and I should be doing school work. I have more to do than I can even wrap my brain around, so naturally, I’m blogging instead. Today I found a neat photo project, and I’m going to give it a whirl – #365feministselfie. I thought it looked fun. Plus it has creative potential, so that lured me in. Also, I haven’t been feeling very good about myself lately, for a lot of different reasons, so maybe purposefully capturing images of myself that convey what feminism is for me will provide an opportunity to feel more positive.

You can read more specifics about its conception at Viva La Feminista, but #365feministselfie was conceived as a challenge to transform the notion of the narcissistic “selfie” to the empowering selfie. To further inspire (incite?) me, among the many year-in-review- stories, I have read too many stories and seen too many videos about continued sexism in media. That stuff pisses me off. Having recovered from an eating disorder, I am very attuned to the images and portrayal of women in the media, and always concerned about how they affect young women and girls. News of the continued gap between men and women’s salaries also aggravates and concerns me. Knowing the entire diet industry targets and feeds on women’s body-dissatisaction and self-loathing, I worry when my friends go on one diet after another. I’ve also developed an interest in feminist theory, and think the commonly held negative perception of feminism is unfortunate and misplaced, to the detriment of all, not just women. So I want to explore feminism as an empowering, enlightening multidimensional force, and a creative project like #365feministselfie feels like an intriguing way to do that.

This doesn’t have anything to do with diabetes, at least not directly – ultimately, it’s infused into everything I do – but I don’t care, so hopefully you won’t either. The directive for #365feministselfie is to take a daily selfie, although I read on one site that weekly would be fine too. I have no idea if I can keep up with this. As noted, I didn’t complete 30x30x30, so at this point, I’m all like, I’ll start this, and just see where it goes. I do not intend to post my selfies here everyday, but maybe I’ll do periodic posts with multiple selfies, or just my favorites. Obviously, I make this shit up as I go, so we’ll see what happens.

September 24, 2013

30x30x30: Even More D Cards

Filed under: Creative Expression — Tags: — Lee Ann @ 10:48 pm

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.

D Card: Cells

D Card: Cells

D Card: Cells

D Card: Cells

September 23, 2013

30x30x30x2.5×3.5

Filed under: Creative Expression — Tags: — Lee Ann @ 10:32 pm

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.

D Card: Regression Statistics

D Card: Regression Statistics

D Card: Persist

D Card: Persist

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