ICAD 43: Play ball

ICAD 43/61; no prompt. Chalkboard paint background, Sunday newspaper photo.

It’s MLB All-Star Game Day. The player here, Brian Goodwin, isn’t in the ASG this year, but I love the joy in this image. I made several “baseball cards,” but I liked this one the most.

ICAD 42: Just another card, but it works

ICAD 42/61; no prompt. Black matte acrylic paint, extra-wide washi tape, daughter’s doodle on a sticky note.

No exciting back story here; just slapped this together, honestly. I do love being able to integrate my kid’s doodles into the art.

Recalibrating with a little collage

Playing with collage clusters using scraps, found words, old inchies, and postage stamps on tags punched ages ago from food box cardboard. Took a break from work to do one and recalibrate my still-tired brain.

When I feel like I’m spinning my wheels and overwhelmed even by index cards and inchies, I can crank out a couple of these and feel like I’ve completed something. Will repurpose these for ICAD index cards, the art/junk journal currently in development, or maybe mail art.

ICAD 41: The thrill never fades

ICAD 41/61; no prompt. Matte acrylic paint; old Sunday newspaper clippings.

A large wire photo of a roomful of factory workers eating while socially distanced, which I clipped weeks ago, has yielded material for several cards, including this one.

Working on these. May add found words or box scores or something. Not yet officially part of the ICAD challenge till I finish at least one of them.

ICAD 40: A doodle in the dark

ICAD 40/61; no prompt. Chalkboard paint over newspaper scrap and junk mail, with my daughter’s doodling.

Took some strips of newspaper, added a bit torn from a mailing from a fireworks store, and brushed paint over it all. Added some doodles my daughter created, clipped from another index card.

ICAD 39: Random scraps

ICAD 39/61; no prompt. Chalkboard paint, various pens, Sunday newspaper clippings.

I brushed paint over a card I used to test some pens and played with some random Sunday scraps.

ICAD 38: Streaky and sparkly

ICAD 38/61; no prompt. Chalkboard paint, shimmer marker, metallic Sharpie.

Took a sponge to some old chalkboard paint, brushed it across a bunch of cards — some plain, some with bits of newsprint and scrap paper glued on them — and liked the result. I doodled on one and liked the result. You’ll likely see a bunch of black-streaked cards over the next few days.

ICAD 37: Doodling for self-care

ICAD 37/61; no prompt. Pilot G2 pens.

Yes, even more neurographic doodling. It’s probably getting monotonous for some, but I don’t care. This doodling is becoming a self-care outlet within my daily creative practice of late. This piece stems from a borderline emotional meltdown — the raging red is a giveaway — that kind of messed up my whole day, and doodling it calmed me down. Grateful for it.

ICAD 36: Do we have to choose?

ICAD 36; no prompt. Acrylic paint background, clipped art from our local library’s newsletter, printer paper.

ICAD 35: An overpowering “memory lane”

ICAD 35; no prompt. Newspaper clippings, junk mail, and washi tape.

The “memory lane” part is a little overpowering, the more I look at it. But it’s something.

It’s 12:20 a.m. as I post this, and people at least a block away are still setting off fireworks. That’s 12:20 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6. Their trip down memory lane hasn’t stopped.

ICAD 34b: Fixed on the Lord

ICAD 34b: Acrylic paint; printer paper; stencils; Sharpie.

This was part of the refrain during the psalm at Mass this morning. It’s been stuck in my head ever since.

ICAD 34a: Inchies apart

ICAD 34; no prompt. Acrylic paint background, Pilot G2 bold pen on legal pad paper glued on index card inchies.

Large, idly created neurographic doodle glued onto two index cards, then cut into 1-inch squares and then glued haphazardly on an index card with an acrylic paint cleanup card my sister made a year ago.

ICAD 33: Red for rage

ICAD 33; no prompt. Pilot G2 bold pen.

More neurographic doodling. I went with red because I was in a foul mood, and somehow red represents rage and annoyance to me.

The long holiday weekend couldn’t come at a better time for me, I think.

ICAD 32: More scraps, more glue

ICAD 32; no prompt. Old Sunday newspaper scraps and glue.

More random collage.

ICAD 31: Raining cats, dogs, and trash pandas

ICAD 31/61; no prompt. Newspaper clippings and glue.

There is something oddly soothing about a quick and dirty collage with old Sunday papers.

ICAD 30: The power of Internet marketing

ICAD 30/61; no prompt. Pilot G2 bold pen, glitter pen, shimmer-type marker.

Another early posting, and another neurographic doodle; experimenting with a new marker that draws a silver line with color outline. And yes, I bought the new marker after seeing countless Instagram ads for such “Doodle Dazzle” pens.

ICAD 29: Contour in color

ICAD 29/61; no prompt. Pilot G2 bold pen, glitter pens, metallic bronze Sharpie.

Posting this a day early. Colored in a blind contour drawing of the sunflowers on our kitchen table.

ICAD 28: Hooked on neurographics

ICAD 28/61; no prompt. Pilot G2 bold pen; metallic paint Sharpie.

I’ve cranked out a small stockpile of neurographic doodles over the past few days; this stuff is addictive.

ICAD 27: A little collage

ICAD 27/61; no prompt. Acrylic paint-splotched background, blackout newspaper text, magazine clip.

Tiptoeing into a bit more collage using the piles of magazines and newspapers I’ve stockpiled for months.

ICAD 26: It’s true

ICAD 26/61; no prompt. Acrylic paint splotch background, magazine/newspaper scraps.

Summer is for reading.

ICAD 25: Idle doodling

ICAD 26/61; no prompt. Sharpie, Pilot G2 bold.

More fun with neurographic doodling. I have several cards of just neurographic blobs that I may or may not fill in or color.

ICAD 24: A brain tangle kind of thing

ICAD 24/61; no prompt. Black and silver metallic Sharpies; cheap glitter pen.

My very first attempt at neurographic art. One of the nice things about this ICAD business is that I’m discovering all kinds of cool approaches.

I look forward to doing more with this method. And in a related development, I am also now completely strung out on Sharpie fumes.

ICAD 23: A little collage, Sunday papers edition

ICAD 23/61; no prompt. Craft acrylic paints, metallic Sharpie, collage from Sunday New York Times.

ICAD 22: Portrait of an artist

ICAD 22/61; no prompt. Pilot G2 bold pen.

Up late with work. Decided to wind down with an attempt at blind contour drawing, basing it on the striking face of an artist profiled in the Sunday New York Times.