Art Every Day Month – Day 1

This is my fifth year participating in the monthlong event. I’ve been ambivalent about it this year; every year I feel a butterfly rush in my gut, but this year I’ve waffled about doing it at all. What stymied me is my personal requirement that I create one complete piece every day. AEDM is not structured this way — Leah (the originator of AEDM) particularly encourages rule-breaking — but I don’t want to relinquish this one goal. However, with travel in late November, how will I create and upload daily? Well, I decided to break one rule. Since I will be gone the last 8 days of the month, I’ve spent the last 8 days of October making art for those dates. This way, I will have made art for 30 days and still have work to share for the month.

I decided to work in a very small format — 2.5 x 3.5 inches, also known as Artist Trading Cards or Art In Your Pocket. These mini canvases call for simplicity, and one would think they would be quick to make, but they aren’t for me. Just as writing a short, concise document requires careful thought and editing (and therefore time), working with space constraints presents challenges that take time to work on. As Leah said,

“A lot of people have mentioned being a little nervous, a little jittery. Me too. It happens every year. And I think it’s interesting, but also telling because I think those things that give us a bit of the jitters are also those things that are very important to us. So notice if you feel those jitters and know you’re on the right track. And then go create.”

Without further ado, here’s my first piece.

art every day month 2009 - day 1 - house

Home / 2.5 x 3.5″ collage on card stock

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6 Comments on “Art Every Day Month – Day 1”

  1. Leah Says:

    This is lovely, Kathryn! I love the house made of printed words and the textured background. And I love how you’re making this challenge work for you. xoxo

  2. Sam Says:

    I love ATC’s so I’m looking forward to 30 days of them at your blog 🙂
    Your first one is wonderful.

  3. natalyn Says:

    This is great! I actually have some of those artist trading cards too that I plan to use for some of the challenges.

  4. marta Says:

    Well, like the words in the house of course. Glad you’re making art.

  5. linda Says:

    Beautiful ATC! I agree we are all a little jittery…the start of it all. But the idea is to do what you want with the challenge. I’m excited!

  6. wildish woman Says:

    Amazing that you’ve been doing this challenge for 5 years, wow! And I love the ATCs, something I have yet to try.