One of the assignments for week #3 of the Find Your Voice Workshop is to create a crafting project which makes you happy and list five reasons why it makes you happy. This is a page I made for the altered book I'm creating for the Passport to Art class I'm also taking. The page was not in response to a particular prompt for the class. I just made it, well, because it made me happy. Why did it make me happy?
1. I like the colors - red and yellow/orange with blue accents are a color scheme I return to over and over again in my art.
2. When I wrote the list of major ports of call I have visited on the next page of my altered book, I had forgotten to include El Salvador. This page allowed me to memorialize this trip and make sure it didn't get lost in the ether.
3. It came together easily without a lot of planning or creative angst. I saw this picture in my book, it reminded me of El Salvador. I pulled out some map paper and found a few embellishments that worked; jotted down a few thing that I remember about El Salvador and it was done!
4. I like the little art doll embellishment, and I didn't think I'd find a good use for her. Images of women are another recurring motif in my art work.
5. My journaling captures, in a few well chosen words, the things which were special to me about El Salvador: the softness of the air, the smell of the flowers, the volcano on the horizon and the shrine to the Jesuit martyrs.
Have you ever thought about what makes you happy about your art? It's an interesting process, and I think my answers will be different for the other two assignments for this week (a series of photos which make me happy and a story that makes me happy). I'll be sharing these over the weekend or early next week!