Meri thinks I have super powers "beyond ordinary abilities"...LOL. Nope. Alas, Super Kelly I am not (of course when I was very little I might have wanted to be Super Grover...well, ok, I really wanted to be Wonder Woman. I had the Halloween costume and everything.
Okay, back to reality. How the hell do I make art on the go? How in the world was I able to make art at the track yesterday?two more pages from art at the track... What to take?
First thing, you need to realize that you don't need to bring your whole studio. I brought a couple of broken stubs of watercolor crayons (literally, watercolor fragments broken into tiny pieces and in a small ziploc bag), a few of my favorite pens with me (my lattes, my sweets, a couple of black pens, one gold pen and one white uniball signo pen), two glue sticks (just in case), scissors (though these are not always necessary and I didn't bring them with me last year), metal ruler (again, not necessary and I didn't bring that with me yesterday), a rag or paper napkins (to smooth out bubbles and wrinkles..also can double as a gluing surface), journal and collage ephemera. I brought way too much collage ephemera with me yesterday-a big ass ziploc bag. Last year I brought a tiny ziploc bag and maybe 50 pieces of paper. At Comic Con in the summer I put paper scraps and small images in a small wet ones plastic box. Yesterday, we didn't know we were going until the last minute so I literally grabbed my bag of collage ephemera that was "ready to go". YOU DO NOT need a ton of stuff to make art.
Journal + paper ephemera (small selection)+glue stick+pen(s)+rag/paper towel=Happy Artist
Where did I work?
We buy general admission tickets to the track (we usually only go Opening Day...I'm not a huge fan of the track..too smoky for me!!!) so that means either you bring your own chair, find a spot outside or just stand. Well, I like to stand. There's a spot down the far end of the track near the betting windows that aren't being used any more. That area has little nooks and crannies where one can spread out a few things and stand at their makeshift desk, which is what David and I do. We claim our spot and I stand there protecting our territory and happily making art.
I've done the same thing at Comic Con. While standing (or sitting in line), I'll work in my journal.
I've made art while waiting for hubby to finish jury duty sitting outside the court room (no scissors or metal ruler with me..I brought a bone folder to use to "tear" paper). What I think is that most of us forget that we really don't need a ton of stuff (though I will freely and openly admit, I LOVE new toys to play with). We need a small space to claim as our own and just the desire to want to MAKE something. I've done art on planes, trains, boats and in cars. If I can do it, you can do it. Just remember, you don't need the kitchen sink, just a glue stick.
Megan asked where I store my images. I have different bags and boxes (after all, there isn't one perfect storage system) in my studio (aka living room) area. I rotate everything. I have my originals in large ziploc bags under my desk. Every now and then I go through what I have and sort out my must have NOW vs keep for later. I just rotate to what I want and when I want it. Right now my studio area is a mess being Christmas and all. ;) I know where everything is though!
I finished the journal last night. I'll be showing the last few pages over the next couple of days...
The world lost not only Eartha Kitt this week, but also Harold Pinter...and Adrian Mitchell.
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