Thursday, August 1, 2013

Art Makes Me Happy!

The continuing influence of index card a day. 
Creating art every day makes you happy!
Day 42.
If you know me outside of blogland or have followed this blog then you know that I am the kind of person who doesn't wake up in a cheerful mood every day.  All my life I have fought with my moods, melancholy and even a few times, full on depression.  I have also written in the past year that I am probably the happiest now than I have ever been but I still battle with feeling down for no reason or letting little things send me spiraling into bad moods that can last for hours or even days. 

Yesterday was the last day of creating an index card a day for 61 days.  Now I confess I didn't do art EVERY day.  I did art almost every day, sometimes doing many cards on one day and then skipping a day when I was very busy (or caught up in a great book!)  If I didn't pick up a pen or brush one day, I certainly looked at art, commented on it and thought about art, so for the sake of this discussion, though, lets say I did art every day.  I knew a few days into it that creating index cards I was in a great mood every day...maybe creating art was making me happy.

Now back to yesterday when I was thinking about my 2 months of ICAD's.  I was answering Tammy's questions on Daisy Yellow so I was really thinking about the impact of creating all these cards.  The overwhelming feeling about my ICAD experience was not just how fun and rewarding it was but it really made me happy. 

As I was scrolling through my blog reading list yesterday I happened upon this cute post from Heather at Rose Hills Design called "the Secret to a Happy Life."  Check out her blog, her are is to cute!  Heather said she never stops dreaming, learning, loving, believing and living...and then she invites the reader to add their own secret.  Without hesitation I said "creating art." 

By afternoon I had finished my last card and ICAD Roundup post.  It wasn't long before I got a comment from the very talented Cindy at The Slumbering Herd.  If you haven't checked out her blog, go now!  She is amazing.  She told me that my post was "the happiest and most upbeat blog post I have seen in ages!" 

And that was it.  What had been floating around my head for days and weeks culminated in that's true! 
It's true! 
Art makes me happy!


  1. What fun to see all these together. And I could tell by the tone of your post that these little canvases really DO make you happy. AWESOME.

  2. Aww shucks! Thanks for the mention! It's true what I said. And boy do I know what you mean about up and down moods! So glad you figured out these little art cards are making you happy so next time you need a pick me up, you know what to try! They are all so colorful and cheerful. Hooray art! :)

  3. wow. awesome collection of artsy icads!

  4. yey! love this, Rita! it is so inspiring to see all of your pieces together. i'm so glad art makes you happy. your joy is contagious!
    btw, this is so uncanny: i posted the same quote on my blog today ("joy is in the journey"), and then I hopped on over here. isn't that neat? Maybe it's a sign to i'm learning to get my eyes focused on TODAY and not so much the stuff I "need" to accomplish down the road.

    xoxo much love to you!

  5. Love all your cards and YES art makes me happy to! I love how you wrote about it! This whole experience has been wonderful!

  6. Your cards look wonderful together. So many sea and sky, my favourite.

  7. Hello! Art makes me happy too!
    Your index card collection is wonderful, the variety is just wow!
    Happy PPF and thank you for commenting on my blog
    Ilona xx

  8. Oh how fun seeing all your great icads together!! Glad to know art makes you happy too!! It sure makes me happy!!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. fun just stopping by to say hello, starting the ICAD 2014

  10. just stopping by to say hello, I'm starting the ICAD 2014