Index Card A Day 2022

I’m doing the Index Card a Day challenge front June 1- July 31 again this year. Even though it is only 3 days in, I feel invigorated by the process of relating to the prompts and figuring out what I can draw in response.

Yesterday’s prompt was peony and at first I felt a bit stuck because I couldn’t even remember what a peony looked like. Once I googled it, I had no idea how to draw it.

However, I decided to abandon all hope of doing it well and just aim for giving the impression of a peony with my drawing.

I think it worked out ok. 🙂

An index card drawing of three peonies surrounded by a Robertson Davies quote in green text.

Image description: an index card drawing of three pink peonies with a quote written in green in the spaces between the flowers, giving a slight suggestion of leaves. The quote reads “The little boy nodded at the peony and the peony seemed to nod back. The little boy was neat, clean and pretty. The peony was unchaste, dishevelled as peonies must be, and at the height of its beauty.(…) Every hour is filled with such moments, big with significance for someone.
Robertson Davies, What’s Bred in the Bone”

Index Cards…Still at it!

I accidentally took a little break from Index Card A Day when I got sick for a few days and got off track.

I’m having fun catching up though.

Here’s my card for the prompt ‘inkwell.’

A drawing of an inkwell filled with green ink and a green and gold octopus tentacle.
Image description: a drawing of an inkwell filled with green ink with a label that says ‘Octavia Green,’ in the upper right is a green and gold octopus tentacle that is slightly curled. There are black horizontal lines in the background of the drawing.

New Art Supplies!

A drawing of a green octopus with small yellow dots.

Image description: a drawing of a green octopus with small yellow dots and a star on its forehead. Its eyes are closed and it is surrounded with blue dots. The pink text above reads ‘Sometimes she meditates. Sometimes she just kind of floats, which is kind of the same thing.’ There are 6 different coloured markers visible above the drawing.

I’ve been playing with my brand new paint pens and I’m finding it interesting how different media brings out different ideas and styles.

I have to reflect on this a bit more so I can figure out what I mean by that but I know it is akin to how I tell different stories when I handwrite something versus when I type it versus when I use voice dictation.

Different methods seem to pull my attention to different phrasing, different sentence structure, and even different stories.

The difference between using a black fine-tip marker and using a big paint pen seems to do the same for my art.

Another ICAD card

I’m pretty pleased with myself for keeping up my Index Card A Day plans for 16 days now.

I’ve done this challenge in the past but I’m not sure that I have done a stretch like this before. Usually, I miss one and plan to do it the next day and then I find myself weeks down the road doing 10 or 12 on the same day.

This time, though, I am committed to doing one card daily, no doubling up! Even if that means a quick pencil sketch or just some meaningful text on the card. I want to keep the habit, no matter how imperfectly.

I may not post them in the challenge FB group every day but I am doing them.

Here’s today’s card in response to the prompt ‘Trinket.’

I have plenty of trinkets and knick- knacks because I like tangible reminders of people, places, and feelings. A lot of my favourites trinkets are keys and stars so I chose those shapes to represent all of my trinkets.

A drawing of three old fashioned keys and a bunch of gold stars.
Image description: an index card drawing of three old fashioned keys (one each in purple, blue, and green) and 13 gold stars of various sizes against a light purple background with darker purple pinstripes. The index card is sitting on a black book.

I like firm guidelines

I always have trouble with vague guidelines.

I don’t mean to suggest that I can never wing it, or that I need strictly defined rules in every situation. That’s definitely not the case.

But since ADHD affects my perception of both my own efforts AND of what is enough in any given situation, I can have an extra struggle with choosing where to apply my efforts.

This ‘note to self’ is about creating a more defined guideline for myself.

A drawing of a robot in a yoga pose. The caption says ‘just pick a few battles, two maybe.’
Image description: a drawing of a robot in warrior II pose with a caption that reads ‘Note to self: Just pick a few battles. Two, maybe.’