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Possibilities

Tammy July 20, 2007 6 comments

2d_dancing_on_bubbles Dancing on Bubbles, collage by Tammy Vitale

I woke this morning with an idea for a book, and/or individual cards or matted sayings.  I’ve been playing with poetry paintings for years and years, using snippets of poetry, and trying to illustrate my epic thesis poem.  I have to say I’ve never actually finished much (not quite true, I did do a chapbook called Possibilities but never much pursued a place to sell it). 

Anyways, I woke this morning with a phrase in my head and the idea to do a book maybe along the line of SARK, maybe a bit sparser (more along the line of StoryPeople) or maybe even sparser yet with just line drawings.

Or maybe the idea on the right side of the page and a drawing/illustration on the left side of the page. 

So I went looking for sketch books to start doing this in, and found Dancing on Bubbles here which I am quite sure came about during Art Everday Month last November (the brainchild of the lovely Leah) as it is followed by some of the art that I posted for my day’s offering.  This seemed like an apt place to begin my new book, so I am announcing to the world that I am beginning this book that will have a thought for the day or week or month or year (perhaps 365 in all?)(I will start with weeks, 52 sounds much more manageable and if I can remember all the ones my head was making up while I was trying to get back to sleep, I’ll be more than half-way there).  And you, dear and faithful readers, are to hold me accountable by asking, often and loudly:  how are you doing?  How many possibilities have you written?  How many drawings have you done for the ones you have written?  And I will answer you, and perhaps share.  I should share, shouldn’t I?

I know some of this came from Tinker’s post the other day.  She was feeling blue so blogged about all the things she is grateful for.  You just have to love that!  and I do!  The idea is also using a piece of the format of Circle of Stones,  and I Sit Listening to the Wind by Judith Duerk, and of course SARK and StoryPeople as already mentioned.  Which is to say, at least in my lifebook, everything is derivative.

So today, instead of getting my hands in the mud (now my mind starts:  but fall is coming – the shows! the shows!  if you don’t start working (note the word:  working.  not playing.  not creating.  working) now you will not have anything to show!) I am going to spend my day playing with this idea and writing possibilities.  That makes me smile just to write it!

thought for the day:  What if there were no such thing as "failure," only possibilities of learning something new?  What would you try?

What is the story you tell to yourself about your life?  What might happen if you chose to change the chapters?  Who might you be?

Tammy Vitale, Possibilities

Comments

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  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    July 20, 2007
    Tammy

    "What if there were no such thing as "failure," only possibilities of learning something new? What would you try?"

    I would try a LOT more artistic endeavors… especially painting. But really… in the grand scheme of things… there really aren't failures… and I really do learn a ton from every "not success" lol

    I love the idea of your book!!!!!!!!!!!! Like your thoughts for the day, only illustrated?

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    July 20, 2007
    Tammy

    Your book sounds wonderful-I love both SARK and Storypeople. Inspired by Storypeople and others, I've been trying to incorporate more words into my art, too.
    Glad to hear you're doing so well!

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    Penny
    July 21, 2007
    Tammy

    Love your ideas and your enthusiasm. Yes, you should definitely share as you go along. Since your 'job' is creating art then don't feel badly if you step off and create art in a little bit different way than the 'selling' kind — it will be good for your creativity and your spirit. Not to mention that we'll all benefit by seeing what you're doing (tee-hee).

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    July 21, 2007
    Tammy

    I LOVE StoryPeople! I bought one of the books when I was in Seattle a few years ago and it is one of my favourite things.

    You are the first person I have known who knows about StoryPeople! (I've never seen them for sale this side of the pond).

    About your award – if you use the same process as you did for your Finding Water button then it should work… am not familiar with Typepad tho.

    xx

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    July 24, 2007
    Tammy

    I love the idea of this book, and will be standing in line to get a copy! So, on that note–HOW ARE YOU DOING?

  • Joined:
    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    July 26, 2007
    Tammy

    i'm just getting back to this post that i dog-eared, to say i *love* this book idea! how lovely! when i first read your post, i pulled out your epic poem and looked through the drawings i'd made to go along with it and i thought about how illustration friday's theme was poem. hehe. i'm all scattered, but i look forward to reading more possibilities. xoxo

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