Repurposed Art Journal – “hope”
Artist: Carol A. More
Can it possibly be more than a few months since I last put something out there? Yep. No excuses either. You know why? Because I’ve been immersed in a flurry of creativity! And fortifying my home and yard for the upcoming hurricane season. We had the distinction of being “Ground Zero” for Hurricane Florence last year and while optimistic, our sweet little historic town – still recovering from Flo’s devastating fury – bracing for a ‘second’ lightning strike. Art is my only constant these days.
I’ve got a few fun things out there coming up for publication in Stampington Press’ Art Journaling quarterly. My 15 minutes of fame dissolved with the past issue of Somerset Studio magazine but not before I could get this pic of me and the cover shot of my art in the mag in our local Books-A-Million store! Three little giggling girls running through the store and when I asked the tallest of the three to snap a pic with my phone, she serious-ed up in a New York minute and voila…she took a good photo, right? Seriously, I still tingle in a humble way, when I see my artwork in these first-class mags that have been my inspiration for years, and I hope I never take it for granted! Feeling grateful and blessed!
I have to admit I’m so blown away by the beautiful artwork in all Stampington Press’ publications. The artists are first-rate but the photography is absolutely dazzling. And…To think that artists are creating such beauty is jaw-dropping and inspiring. As I read the artists’ words for each published piece, I feel a bit intimidated because I feel we are all creating for the same reason: sanity. Do you agree? I’ll try for something more original next time, I promise.
Anyway, my husband suggested I write a blurb about what was published last quarter. I sometimes don’t know what is actually going to show up in print and when I frantically rip through my advanced copy I confess I’ve had moments when I whine…”no, please, not THIS one?!” thinking it was a hot mess and wondering what anyone (the talented trained eyes from Stampington Press’ staff, namely) saw in it. Lesson learned, Universe and by the way, THANK YOU, Universe and all the beautiful souls who appreciate my efforts. I’m showing you this pic of an example of what I mean. So this page…ugh…to me, it was ghastly and I nearly ripped it out before sending. I was working with VERY old, brittle (moldy smelling) children’s activity books from the 1940s – I’ve since tossed them because they scented my entire art lab – and as I was cutting out the image, the paper was literally crumbling, amputating little hands, knees, heads. Grisly work. I pieced it together with Mod Podge, each itty bitty piece of paper. Then the awful painting of the seaweed ‘nymph’ above them…and check out the text I highlighted! Yep, the word ‘bastard’ shows up with an ethnic slur (French). I seem to be stuck in 6th grade humor, and I thought it was funny to be a bit irreverent in an art journal, but when it showed up in the magazine, I wondered if I should be more careful in the future. Naw. I love creating and seeing this published allowed me to build confidence in what ended up in my artwork! Don’t know about you, but I frequently paint over something I think doesn’t measure up. Maybe in the future, I’ll not be so hasty? So, a bit of a ragged summary: put it out there with good intention and allow others to appreciate what you’ve created.
Have a lovely summer, everyone and looking forward to seeing what you are creating these days! Next post: Currently, I’m heavily censoring my thoughts before putting them in print. I recently made a request to join a sarcastically (I do love me some good sarcasm from time-to-time), snobby Altered Book Facebook page and being turned down – in fact, my request was IGNORED….I’m humbled but wondering what’s the point of turning anyone away that met the strict qualifications for joining? Oh well…..later!