A few months ago, a fellow Etsy Canadian member proposed to our Canadian forum group, that we delve a little deeper into our creative side. The ever-wise emmarts, believed that it would be fantastic artistic therapy for us to push past our creative boundaries, and set aside our fears of different media. The idea was to begin an art collective. Each person would do three quick sketches or doodles and then mail it on to another member. The recipient would then either paint or collage on that sketch or doodle, and mail it on to a third member. This recipient would then either collage or sketch (whichever the second person hadn't done) and then mail it to a keeper of the projects.
I'm a great fan of doodling. I'm more hesitant with paint as a medium, although I know from high school art classes that I am a big fan of it. Collage was an art form that I admired, but for some reason was fearful to try. Having the opportunity to try my hand at all three seemed like a fantastic idea.
I wasted no time in sending off my set of scribbles.
I faltered a bit however as the first set of drawings arrived to me and it was thus my turn to paint. I set aside my initial hesitation quickly enough though, and set to with paints and brushes. I don't think in this case it was so much the painting that had me worried, so much as it was the thought that perhaps the starting doodler, would be upset with what I had done to her work. I wondered if perhaps she had had a vision of what the doodles would look like by the end and if perhaps my amateur brushstrokes would offend her vision.
With the arrival of the next package the fear and hesitation intensified. Now I had not only one person's vision with which to concern myself, but two. For that reason, the package remained untouched for weeks, until I was prodded, scolded and reminded that the point of the exercise was to leave the fear behind. "True enough", I sighed and went off in search of collaging inspiration. Once I tucked into the project, and saw the finished, completely finished piece come together, I actually felt a sense of elation as well as accomplishment. Why, I hadn't ruined anything after all. The finished works actually looked quite nice. This one is my favorite:
AND, if you don't believe me and want to see the other two as well, you can see them for yourself now on Etsy, at TheScribbleGroup.
All the pieces will in time be available for sale in this shop. The proceeds from the sales will be going toward a fundraising effort by loopy4ewe who will be taking part in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer, for a second time, in June 2010.
More projects are in the works, so look for more additions to this shop, as we as a group continue to explore further artistic liberation.