the daisy yellow index card a day challenge
Today is day 44 of the Daisy Yellow Index Card a Day Challenge, and I am still as happy about it as I was on day one. Each day, I get a new prompt, and I have that day to come up with a concept for the word. It pushes my imagination into overdrive, and I can tell that, after more than a month, my imagination is getting stronger. It’s sort of like exercise. If you do it consistently, you’ll notice improvement and growth. So… today, I was finishing newspaper articles and getting ready to go and proofread the newspapers, followed by a visit to the gym for a circuit training class. And I saw that the prompt for my index card art was “whimsical.” I thought about flowers and how I wanted to present them. Should I make them realistic or more stylized? Should I draw or paint?
When I got home, I started drawing, and I realized that the image was more stylized than realistic. I made the decision to outline and draw a bit with thin markers. But no paint. These decisions were borderline impulsive but they were based on images that had been dancing about in my head during the course of the day. Here it is:
That is when the dictionary is my best friend. I remember a time when I was a kid in school. Kids would ask the teacher how to spell a word, and the teacher would say, “dictionary.” None of the kids were asking how to spell dictionary. I thought that the teacher’s answer was very odd and unhelpful. If I don’t know how to spell a word, for sure, I will not find it in the dictionary. But I digress. Sort of. The prompts are the opposite of the words that we couldn’t spell. There isn’t a single right answer as there is with spelling. The prompts are very open ended, and any interpretation is good. And that’s what I like about them. Even if I don’t know a word and have to look it up, as I did with “ogee,” I have the freedom to come up with my own interpretation and my own image.
Well, that’s all I can think of for today. I will write one more blog post about the index card challenge before the last day of this month, which is also the last day of the challenge. So bye for now!