Me + Daisy = Art!
Daisy has, for a long time now, been a huge inspiration to me and my art. I just finished making 16 cards in 2 evenings, each featuring Daisy. He wasn't my only inspiration though...I just finished reading Julia Cameron's memoir. It was laced with references to one of her books, "The Artist's Way" in which she urges artists/writers to write three pages per day. In one month, three pages per day will equal to roughly 100 pages -- easily the beginnings of a novel.
Now, I don't write novels, but I did start off with three cards per day and used older art to make the rest of the cards. If my cards were a novel, it would be titled "Waiting for January...". The "waiting" part is because Daisy is seems to always be waiting for me...waiting for me to wake up...waiting for me to give him breakfast and dinner...waiting for me to come home from work...waiting for me to go to bed...waiting to go for a walk...waiting for me to say something in my conversations with him that he recognizes, like the word "treat" or "walk" or "car" or "grandpa". The "January" part is because that month always holds some hope of new beginnings for people, or a renewed sense of hope -- everything old suddenly seems new in January. And that's the way Daisy (or any dog for that matter) lives. Each day to Daisy is like January 1st.
So now I have 16 cards. I have no idea what I will do with them all. And I have no idea what I will do with the ones that I create in the coming days...months...years. But I do know that I don't want them stuffed in a closet like the rest of my art.