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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself

truth page, (c)SZing 2013
King of Hearts page (c)SZing 2013
Brink of Ruin page, (c)SZing 2013

We seem to live in a culture of apathy.  Or maybe it's laziness.  I'm not sure.  We are comfortable and it's easier to sit on the couch and watch TV than it is to commit to a project.

But I've found a set of projects that really stir my creative blood up and get my creative juices going.  It started with a participatory public art project through Artify Projects.  I was looking for a something where I could explore art journaling and I was also wanting to art where I might get some exposure in an art show since I moved away from the mainstays of my art show locations.  As it turns out, the Inspiritus Art Journal Project 2013 did just that.  Here are a couple of my collage art pages from that journal.
Glass Windows Page, (c)SZing 2013
Goddess page, (c)SZing 2013

Scribble Hand page, (c) SZing 2013

Body Electric page (c)SZing 2013

The project last year was seen in several cities last year including Atlanta GA and Cincinnati OH.  I loved that I created my own individual artwork and it was uniquely my own take on inspirations and things that make me go, Hmmmm.  And then I sent it in to the project organizers, Artify Project.  They confirmed receipt of the art journal and then they made arrangements for it to be included in their art shows.  It was exciting.  I loved that my art was included with hundreds of other artists as a whole show and yet there were so many individual parts to the show.

And I loved it so much that I'm participating again this year in Inspiritus Art Journal Project 2014.  The art journal kit is about 5" x 7" and includes 40 pages.  That isn't a terribly difficult to achieve goal or commitment.  I even was able to do much of my journaling on the couch while "watching" TV with my sweetie.  The added benefit, as if just the creative aspect AND inclusion in an exhibition were not enough, is that as a result of my participation my art journaling has continued in its evolution.  I can't wait to see where my journal this year will take me. And I can't wait to see where my journal will get to go.

So if you've been apathetic, want something that is relatively low stress/low demands to work on and want to be able to be a part of something bigger than yourself, I highly recommend Artify Projects.  I found them so valuable that I've even committed Bohemian Art Cafe to be a sponsor of several of the projects to assist with marketing and preparation for the shows. They have other projects open for participation and will unveil additional projects throughout the year.  Get off the couch, get signed up and then you can cuddle back up with your artwork.