Friday, June 12, 2015

Colorful Index Cards, Solicited (and Unsolicited) Advice, Semi-Serious Reflection, And Other Miscellaneous Carp...

If you are still reading after that long (and somewhat obnoxious) title, I would like to commend you on your bravery!

I am feeling chatty and a little bit silly today, so I'm not quite sure what is going to spill out into this post, but you may want to grab yourself a beverage and get comfortable!

Consider yourself warned...

Recently I did a video interview for Alexandra MacVean's upcoming Blogging e-course, and ever since I've been doing a whole lot of navel gazing, as they say...

What I've come up with is that creating is an essential part of my being.  I've been making stuff for as long as I can remember, and sharing in one form or another has always been a vital part of the process.  I am a much happier person when I have regular studio time, and my blog is a great place to connect with wonderful like-minded souls such as yourself.

That's not to say that "following my bliss" is always a blissful pursuit.  As a matter of fact, I am often frustrated by some of the carp I create... 

It's very easy to get caught up in what everybody else is doing...  Things sure do look good for other people on the internet.  The thing is, I create a lot of carp... Honestly, some days I feel like it's all carp.  But, I'm pretty sure that all of those "other people" that are sharing the bright and shiny parts of their lives are dealing with their fair share of carp too... And, if they tell you otherwise... Well then, they're full of carp.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I don't feel bad about my carp, and I hope you don't feel bad about yours either...  Because there are some gems sprinkled in there too, and the only way to get to them is to make LOTS of stuff.

The important thing is to just keep going, keep creating, keep following your bliss no matter how much carp you create in the process.  Because it really is true...

All's whale that ends whale.

All of the artwork in this post was created using colors for the first week of The Summer of Color.

Using index cards for Daisy Yellow's Index Card A Day Challenge.

  If you would like to see all of the index cards I've created up to this point, please click here.  
(Or, you can see my daily postings on Instagram.)


  1. nothing you do is carp... I think all your carp are actually jewels!!! which is a pathetic comment, but after ten minutes of trying to come up with a suitable pun I abandoned all hope of meeting your magnificence...xx

  2. I too have been unable to provide a delightfully witty pun. So I'll just say a hearty AMEN to your comments and purpose in my heart to keep creating. Full speed ahead. Have a blessed day!

  3. I absolutely love all of your creations! So wonderful and beautiful, too! I really like how you used this week's SOC colors!

  4. Great take on the colors Kristin!
    Awesome work!

  5. fantastic art-and I do love word play and puns:)

  6. All these quotes you've painted are absolutely delightful. I would feel very lost if I couldn't be creative everyday. It has become part of my personality. Blogging is definitely a great way to be get inspired by others and keep that contact with other artistic bloggers around the world.

  7. Not carp--maybe colorful musings might be a more accurate term for our little experiments in color, etc.
    I actually like your pretty pictures here.
    Perhaps "musings" describes it a wee bit more favorably?
    Musings, not carp. Sometimes mine feel more like raucous laughter in a quiet library, or like a mutter or a mumble. (or a stumble or a fumble LOL)
    It's all good, though, right?
    As long as we keep on creating.

  8. i, too, produce a lot of things that i think of as carp. the world will never see them! i love all of your pieces ... you are so witty!! :)

  9. the whale is so cute & perfect words to go with it.

    visiting from SOC, have a lovely day.

  10. Heh, so witty! Lovely work too!

  11. What a beautifully written post, Kristin. Thank you for the shout out and am glad I could be a part of your creative process and sorting through your creative world. Thank you for always inspiring us! :)

  12. I would never guess that you would make carp! LOVE your whale - made me smile!!

  13. Well none of the stuff in this post is carp, thats for sure! Lovely work :-)

  14. We all post the best and hide the carp! So true!

  15. This is SO EXCITING!! And this Blog Hopping is SO FUN too! :D Pick me! Pick me!! ;)

  16. So excited about Life Book 2016. Please enter me in the drawing

  17. Would love to win FB 2016. Thank you.


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