Small Bits of Art

I’m doing the Index Card A Day art practice again this year and I’m having fun with the prompts.

And it’s so very true that creativity thrives under constraint…or at least that you can have a lot of fun when you have to channel your creativity in a specific way.

Here’s my response to the ‘snapdragon’ prompt:

 A drawing of a fire breathing dragon in a flowerpot.
Image description: a drawing of a fire-breathing dragon growing out of a flowerpot. Text next to the drawing reads ‘Well, I was going to draw snapdragons but all those little seed packs look the same, you know?’

Arts Fun: 365 Somethings Art Challenge

One of the habits that I want to cultivate this year is creating art regularly. I do lots of creative things on a regular basis – storytelling, writing, brainstorming – but I don’t have a consistent practice for creating visual art. I usually have 2 or 3 times during the year when I invest my time in drawing or art journaling but it slides off my radar the rest of the time.

But, this year thanks to Hanna and Tammy (who developed the project) and Amy (I found out about it from her), I am participating in the 365 Somethings Challenge.

The point of this challenge is not necessarily to produce a piece of art each day, but to create 365 pieces of art during this year. So I can do them daily, or do 7 pieces per week, or follow whatever schedule suits me.

I’ve decided to do 365 pages in my art journal. I’m not sure what other constraints I will put on myself as time goes by, but I can already feel that useful constraints will develop.

Here’s my something for today…A notebook page with a yellow and orange background and three starburst shapes on it, one orange, one blue and one green. There are small circles of each colour on the sheet.



Artsy Fun: Mystery Games

My theatre group * Morrigan Mystery Evenings * specializes in mystery games.

We do them 6-8 times a year and we always have a grand time – first when making up the ridiculous stories and then performing them.
It works like this:

We get a bunch of our actors together and decide some characters we would like to play and then we figure out where those characters might get together.* Then we sort out what has been stolen or who has been done away with, and we figure out each character’s motive and alibi.


After that, we just start adding in foolishness to make things more fun.

We don’t develop a script or dialogue, we just work to inhabit our characters and invest ourselves in their motives and alibis.

Then, on the night of the game, our audience either sits at tables and we circulate and chat while they ask questions, or, we sit in various locations and they move to us and ask questions. It makes for a really interesting and challenging evening because you never know where people’s questions are going to lead and you have to be quick on your feet. Well, metaphorically, at least.

It’s a bit alarming how adept my actor friends are at lying in character, how easily we can spin a story out of nothing, but it’s also part of what makes it interesting.

Our next event is called ‘A Date with Death’ and it’s coming up on Sunday, October 29.

Get the details here.


*Sometimes we start with the location and do characters second, but not very often.

Artsy Fun: Zentangles

For the longest time, I didn’t think I was an artist.*

Here's one from a few years ago!

Here’s one from a few years ago! I really like making those round things.

I knew I was a performer – I can act, tell stories, do monologues, read my writing, give a talk, whatever, but I didn’t do any visual art. About 8-10 years ago, I happened upon Zentangles and discovered that I could, indeed, draw some things.

I’ve expanded into all kinds of visual art territory now – art journaling, sketchnotes, index-card-a-day challenges, (I’m doing a DIY postcard swap & Inktober this year) but it all started with Zentangles and a lot of my other artwork includes Zentangle-type patterns.

If you like doodling, you might like Zentangling, too.

I dare you to try it!

*Note: Still not an *ARTIST* artist but I do like to draw things. 🙂 You can see some of them on Instagram.