Wednesday, September 2, 2009
My Gold page for the Truest Colors Circle Journal Project, 2005 I used a vintage photo, circa 1910, of my grandmother and her sisters.
A few years back I participated in a Circle Journal with a group from the now defunct Sweet Water Sisters site. It was based on the Stampington and Company book True Colors.
The journal itself was sent to each of the participants and after beginning in Hawaii, I was second on the list. Each artist had chosen a color or combination of colors to use to add a page to the journal, which was a really cool 1940s album for storing 78 records. In addition to the journal each artist was to include a set of ATCs (artist trading cards) one for each of the color combinations used in the journal.
I had a wonderful time designing and completing my page and set of ATCs. Thankfully I photographed and scanned the artwork before sending it off. The project was to take almost a year for everyone from across the country to add their work to the journal. Somewhere near the end the journal disappeared. There were frantic emails exchanged to see who had seen it last but it never turned up. I never got to see the later additions to this collaboration and I felt very deflated. I had sent my ATCs separately to the coordinator but nothing was followed through.
A sampling of my ATCs~ I used a different technique for each one, dictated by the color. I enjoyed the challenge of creating something totally different with each one.
I share this story because for some reason I am still feeling somewhat deflated by the failure of the project and it has been part of the reason I find it hard to jump into new projects lately. I'm hoping this will settle it once and for all.
Thought for the day: our own attempts at perfection are over rated. They only lead to stifled creativity and feelings of failure. Strive instead to allow God to do His work, to bring about His perfection in you.
Life is good, God is faithful!