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The April [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Identity Crisis."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Faces in a Mosaic Mirror" is the freebie.


From My Prompts

Artwork

Mar. 30th, 2019 04:02 am
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 Blackbird painting.  I am charmed by the use of warmer colors like a spotlight near the center of the picture.
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This poem is spillover from the January 22, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "countryside" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features insecurity, past educational abuse by art teachers, flashbacks, communication issues, impatience, past boot camp for troubled youth, past sexual assault, anxiety, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Here is a gatherum of my recent posts about rock painting.

Rock Painting
I collated some instructions on how to paint rocks, with an emphasis on spring flowers.  We did wind up painting some flowers on our rocks, along with other things too.

Painting Rocks
This is my original note about the project.

Painted Rocks from Ostara
Here are group and individual pictures of some rocks we decorated for our Ostara ritual this year.

Supplies for Painting Rocks
This post includes photos of the supplies we bought, a discussion of their performance, and some rocks decorated with them. 

Lake Charleston
This is the first place I went to hide a couple of my painted rocks.
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This poem came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] satsuma. It also fills the "Artist" square in my 5-1-18 Gimmicks / Roles / Characters card in the Pro Wrestling Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] erulisse.  It belongs to the series Arts and Crafts America.

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 This was me.  I did this damn near every time someone tried to line us up by gender.  If I wasn't doing that, I was standing with the boys.  It drove many teachers so batshit that they quit doing gender lines rather than argue with me.
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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now active with a theme of "growing up."  Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written
"Experience Stinks" is today's freebie.


From My Prompts

 
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Discovered because she probably licked a brush while painting with lapis lazuli

Either that, or she didn't think to label her cups "Paint Water" and "NOT Paint Water."  :D
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This post upholds that you don't have to be good at a hobby to enjoy it.   

This is true if you enjoy doing the hobby for its own sake by yourself and/or the results are still usable.  Many people and hobbies fall into that category.  Our Imbolc candles got the colors a bit scrambled but they still turned out very pretty. 

The premise is also true if you value your hobby for something other than its appearance or other technical finesse.  My yard may look more like a jungle than a Midwest Living cover, but well, that's because I modeled it after a jungle and not a magazine ... and my detritus food chain is 3 days to apex which is a thing I am proud of.  The toads aren't grading me on how it looks.

However, the premise may not be true if you're trying to make something look like the picture on the box, and failing that goal makes you sad instead of happy.  It definitely is not true if what you want is a craft community but when you go to a quilting circle the other people pick on you.  :/

There are many reasons to take up a hobby.  One is because you enjoy it.  Another is you like doing it with friends.  Perhaps you want the finished product.  Maybe you need a way to practice your manual dexterity that is not boring-ass therapy exercises.  Some folks do it to preserve their culture.  All of these are equally valid; do what works for you.

Leave us not forget the historic value of things that were, in their time, thought mediocre or inferior.  Sometimes people don't recognize greatness for a few decades.  Other times, those everyman examples are all we have left.  All art has value, some is just more practiced or popular than others.  So don't be ashamed of what you do, or what you like.
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Today is the last day to nominate projects and patrons for the Rose & Bay Awards.  If you have not yet done so, please do it now.

The Rose and Bay Award was launched by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith (Elizabeth Barrette) in January 2009, and quickly gained additional volunteers. This award focuses on a growing business model known as "crowdfunding" or "cyberfunded creativity," which directly connects creative people and patrons of the arts online. This award recognizes exemplary projects and enthusiastic patrons. It currently features six categories: Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.

The award period for eligible activities spans January 1-December 31, 2018.
The nomination period spans January 1-January 31, 2019.
The voting period spans February 1-February 28, 2019.

These are the handlers for the 2019 award season:

Art: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! Vote for art!
Fiction: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate fiction! Vote for fiction!
Poetry: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate poetry! Vote for poetry!
Webcomic: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! Vote for webcomics!
Other Project: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate other projects! Vote for other projects!
Patron: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate patrons! Vote for patrons!
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We got the card game Illusion for Yule this year.  Watch a video of a review with a sample game in play.

This is overwhelmingly a visual-spatial game; once you read the rules, the only other thing you need to read is the row of percentages on the back of each card.  The front has abstract art in red, yellow, green, and blue.  (Obviously, this is not a game for colorblind people.  Those who can see color and shape but not read fine print might do fine.  YMMV depending on how your eyes work.)  First you draw an arrow card to indicate the color in play.  Then you place cards with increasing amounts of that color in the direction of the arrow. So if the card is blue, you put down cards based on increasing blueness. 

There are many different shapes in play -- squares, triangles, circles, question marks, flowers, letters.  You have to look at the abstract art and try to figure out the proportions of the target color.  This is a lot harder than it looks, because often the colors are only one or two percentage points apart.  If you think the lineup is incorrect, you can challenge it.  Flip over the cards and check the percentages.  If you're right (and the line is wrong) you get the arrow card; if not, the previous player gets it.  The first person to collect three arrows is the winner.

I'm only somewhat good at it, but I love just looking at the different shapes.  Plus, once you know the concept, it's very portable -- you could play this with any set of images, or make your own.  T-America probably has a jillion different decks of this, including ones for famous abstract artists.  Hell, now I want a Frank Lloyd Wright deck. >_<  The tricky part would be calculating the actual percentages to put on the back of each card.  The original deck is huge, though; you won't run out of cards soon.  As another variation, you could play solitaire just by seeing how far you can get before you make a mistake.

If you are looking for a game to enjoy with less verbally oriented people, Illusion is a great choice.  It really stands out from the usual run of games based on words or dexterity.  Artists and other visual thinkers will love the hell out of this.  (Be prepared for distractions talking about the art itself.  As an alternate activity, it's a terrific tool for discussing color and composition in art.)  English language learners and small children can play as soon as they understand the basic concepts of "more color" and "going in this direction."  We really had fun with it, and I think that other folks in our community will enjoy it too.
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Today I found this Name Your Pain Scale.  It's interesting because it combines a variety of descriptions, visual and text, into one infographic.  The really new part is the human shapes.  If you look at those, you can see they show the level of assistance needed -- from none to adaptive equipment to leaning on someone else.  This factor can be very useful in explaining the amount of impairment to someone else, especially a caregiver or caseworker. 
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Here's a brilliant article about why so many modern buildings are hideous and why that's a serious problem we need to fix. 

Our environment affects our moodBeautiful surroundings make people happier.  Ugly surroundings make people unhappy.  While many factors influence mood, it is easier to be happy in a beautiful place than in an ugly place.  Here are some ways to improve your mood by beautifying your home.
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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is running this weekend with a theme of Fate and Free Will. Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written:


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Artwork

Jan. 15th, 2019 02:49 am
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 Mostly Friesian.  But look at that nose!  :D
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