The GoodBox: An Artistic Collaboration with Turning the Wheel

Last spring I partnered with Turning the Wheel (TTW), a non profit dedicated to building community through creative expression,  to create “The Good Box,” a magical deck of cards with little notes of goodness on each one. The deck  was designed using snippets of art I had created over the past three years. The sayings came from the loving genius of Holly Lewis, who created the first good box from scratch a few years ago. At TTW we all felt the idea was so simple, brilliant, and fun that it had to be shared with everyone, so we got to work and ended up with this wonderful deck of mini-cards.

 

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I’ve already heard some great stories from people who have been enjoying their deck. One friend keeps a deck in his truck, and before he leaves for a job he draws a card to come back into his body. Another was given to a local doctors office, and when the giver returned, the receptionist insisted she drew a card before sitting down to wait for her appointment. I like to share them at family gatherings and love seeing the reactions people have to the sweet little sayings on the cards. Reading the sentences about goodness never fails to leave a smile on a the readers face.

For the whole month of February, TTW and I celebrated with the “Month of Goodness” Campaign. Individuals could sign up and receive snippets of goodness in their inbox each day. The campaign included TTW activities, positive quotes, beautiful art from members of the TTW National Team, and fun videos. You can check out some of the posts from the first week here. TTW plans to do the campaign again, so if you are sad to have missed it – No Worries! You can sign up for the next round here, it’s free.

Or you can buy your very own Goodbox! I’m so thrilled to have a product that people can take home and enjoy over and over again. If you decide to pick one up let me know what you think!

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Day 9: Teal, Hot Pink, Red and Black

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This piece started in a really different place than it ended. I woke up a couple mornings ago and decided to tidy up my studio. Then disaster struck! I knocked over my teal liquid acrylic container that I had failed to close all the way. In a panic I snatched up a canvas and tried to transfer as much of the ink puddle as I could to the surface. Hence the beginnings of this work. Most of that is now covered but I liked the color palette it inspired.

Day 8: Mind Map Painting

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I feel like this painting somewhat accurately portrays the clutter of thoughts and emotions in my head right now. Its a little messy in there. The prompt for this painting came from a friend. It read:

“A vortex of blue and turquoise with veins of pink, like if you had a black hole colored in the tones of the ocean and native American jewelry.”

As you can see I interpreted that pretty loosely. I mostly was caught by the idea of an ocean colored black hole. All of the text is from the definitions of Black and Black hole in a really really old dictionary I keep around. Some of the descriptions were very colorful and amusing.

In the end I think it looks more like a map than any phenomena in space. Maybe left brain right brain? or inside vs outside chaos? Other interpretations are welcome.

Explore: Making Due with What I've Found.

For someone who normally has a lot of art supplies at their disposal it has been quite hard to have ALL of my supplies in storage. For some reason the only things I brought to Chicago for my first two weeks here were two pairs of scissors, various pens and sharpies in my purse, a gluestick (thank goodness!), and my sketchbook. I realize that most of those things can be picked up relatively easy at grocery stores and office supply chains, but I normally don’t leave town without some watercolors or crayons. And if I had the foresight to bring two pairs of scissors, why not a pair of exacto knives?

Regardless, I made due for about two days before feeling the itch for something more complicated and so I struck out to find some more supplies to create with. I stumbled upon Papersource, about two blocks from where I am staying temporarily. It reminds me of Boulder’s local paper shop, Two Hand Paperie, with a little less charm and a little more big chain. I picked up a packet of paper scraps and called it good. With my new paper in hand I set out to add some more art to my sketchbook.

All the supplies I have gathered.

All the supplies I have gathered.My theme for my first month in Chicago is to explore and so I created a collage to manifest my exploration in the city. Here is the result:

My theme for my first month in Chicago is to explore and so I created a collage to manifest my exploration in the city. Here is the result:

The Final Result

The Final Result

Collage from Slumber Party

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How often do you just get together with some girlfriends, watch a silly movie in your pj’s, and make some art? For me not often enough. I was having a rough time my senior year at CU (University of Colorado), and so I needed a break from the essays. I invited some pals over and we got creative!

This was my creation from the evening. I believe the movie playing during this artistic process was Rango. My favorite part of the collage is the top left corner. I tore every word apart so I could make them curve, which I have never tried before. I really like the effect it had on the rest of the collage. And I like the message.

Life Doesn’t Have to Be this Hard.

A good reminder for my present state in the world. I think I will arrange a slumber party for me a my lady friends to relax with some silly movies and yummy art supplies.

Sketchbook Saturday: Graffiti

In High School I took a workshop on writing graffiti letters. It was really fun, although very challenging. It was a good way to spend time in lecture, instead of idly listening to whatever my teachers were talking about. I happen to be one of those people who does well when doodling and listening at the same time.

These images are a collection of practice sketches I made throughout my later years in High School, all around the time I took the workshop. The words on the collections are: Moxie, Monotonous (spelled wrong), Quagmire, Whimsy, Entropy (maybe), Cacophony, Escape and Maelstrom.

I would like to play with this art form again. I like words a lot and use them frequently in my art. Check back at a later date to see if I dip back into this art form.