Tuesday, January 4, 2011

list it tuesday 1/4: three words

three-words

over winter break i spent an afternoon at the honda dealership, which normally i look forward to doing because i can scribble for a few hours in my journal with one hand and help myself to the coffee and chocolate chip cookies with the other. but this time both enfants were with me and it was soon clear that i was not going to be able to retreat more than one layer deep into idea-land, so i flipped through the journal and my old blog posts, and copied random three word strings from my sentences. it started out as a mindless activity and by the end i was having so much fun that i (almost) forgot that i was furious with my kids for being so loud and making public spectacles of us in front of the service desk. now that the three word strings are free of their sources, it's hard to remember most of their original contexts, so i'm looking at them in an entirely new way and it makes me want to create new lives out of them. little three word paintings, maybe...?

this is how my working journals look - no color, crappy handwriting, boring. i use them simply as receptacles for thought. i have about 10 going at a time (they disappear and reappear in different spots so i have to have lots of them) so they are not linear. often i have to comb through them to find phone numbers and appointments. let me tell you it is a maddening way to live. but it's my way, and i like it.

if you posted a handwritten list today, i'd love to see it - please leave your link in the comments so i know where to find you! happy tuesday!

34 comments:

S.E.Minegar said...

"hours of peace"....i like that.

have you ever written a six word memoir? stick two of these puppies together, and you're set!

though i've broken the rules, i am playing: http://www.megustaensalada.blogspot.com/

Vicki Smith said...

It just goes to show how streaming the ideas is so productive. I know the feeling of making notations in random spots and then misplacing the info. i spent hours this morning trying to track down a notebook that was misplaced during the holidays. With no luck. I love the colorful background behind your words.

I posted a "hand-drawn" list today that also fulfills the prompt for Illustration Friday. It's at vickismithart.blogspot.com.

Cindy said...

Three words paintings...I love that idea. I can't wait to see what you do with it. I really enjoy reading your posts...it's like I am sitting right there with you and we are chatting over some coffee and chocolate chip cookies.

**We BLOG ARTISTS** said...

HOW interesting...love it!
Can't wait to see what becomes!
HUGS
Char.x

AG Ambroult said...

mmm. I have a trip to the car dealership in my very near future. sketchbook will be coming along. I love the glimpse of your working journals..."had no idea" ha! that's a recurring theme in my sketchbook, too :)

Sugarplum Kawaii said...

Free coffee and biscuits you say? That level of car dealership hospitality is unheard of in the U.K! You'd be lucky to get a luke-warm cup of water!
I like ' things just happen...'
Sure do (-;

donna!ee said...

blest be ties...mighty mystery revealed...has great reward, this is fun. kinda reminds me of the cinquain. thank you much for sharing! :)

nacherluver said...

Lovin' the list. Awesome idea!

I can totally relate to your journal keeping habits. I'm the same. Although I'm trying to get a bit more creative, more colorful, more.... something.

My list...

http://cranialpurge.blogspot.com/2011/01/list-list-list-list.html

Nicole : Three By Sea said...

Love this idea and what you're thinking of doing with it!

I'm the same way with the boring ass journals. I see these people with these beautiful, colorful artsy journals and think, "Mine look like crap receptacles of half-assed ideas and scriblings!" I think that's why I've never signed up for one of those 1001 Journal projects.
And, yes, I have multiple ones floating around too, even though I dream of keeping ONE journal at a time and putting all my ideas, notes, lists, doodles, etc., in one place, in some sort of chronological order. I can't help it though, sometimes I want a big journal to draw or write in, sometimes a small one to toss in a bag, sometimes I like loose sheets of cardstock...it is a problem when it comes to finding things, but I've been unable to change this habit. Whatcha gonna do? ;)

P.S.- Sorry I'm not playing this week. I love this project though and will join in the fun again soon!

Alexandra Hedberg said...

I like your handwriting ... and your "three words"-poetry

I do have handwritten lists... but so messy and aimless that I wont post them (and in Swedish!)

Ravenous Rae said...

I ALWAYS have hand written lists! Today I had three.

http://raeisravenous.blogspot.com/2011/01/list-it-tuesday-4-jan.html

Sherry Lynn said...

Thank you for reminding me about list...they seem to be everywhere but I need to group them together..I too try to take advantage of my time...but then I make a list and lose it then have to start over..maybe I should make a list on how to make a list..;-)

Megan Walker said...

Aimee, what an awesome idea! What boggles my mind is who but YOU would even think to DO something that creative! You're always such an inspiration :)

Okay, I'm finally done: http://megibug.blogspot.com/2011/01/listin-it.html

cath c said...

i love it, it's found poetry!

i did not handwrite, and my items are long, but they're are only 2 of them, and you are one of them. :) and it's more of a list it monday.

http://musingsinmayhem.blogspot.com/2011/01/2-good.html

storybeader said...

mine's not handwritten, but some questions I'm going to work on, for business and blog:
http://www.storybeader.com/2011/01/list-it-tuesday-14-questions-to.html

Pointy Pix said...

I love the concepts you come up with for your lists. the three word thing is so intriguing as it makes me wonder what you were thinking of or what you were doing at the time that the words came to you. I used to write streams of consciousness and found them to be a good way of just getting everything off my chest - I may have to try the three word idea myself!


I forgot today was Tuesday so am a bit late with my list, but here it is!

http://pointypix.blogspot.com/2011/01/list-it-tuesday-this-year-i-will-mostly.html

Esti said...

your handwriting looks very nice to me. I can't wait to see what your three-words become.

:)

Eden said...

Oh Aimee....do do do (get it 3 words!) write a 3 word little artsyville poster or something....after all it's your way and I LIKE IT!

Trece said...

Another rule breaker here: http://bit.ly/hiTcdN
I promise to include a link to you next time, and read your post BEFORE I post my own.

Janie B said...

Love this idea. I never think of things like that. Very inspirational.

Karen M said...

Looks like that was fun to do, I might have to try it!

Here is my list for the week:
http://rabbitseatquilts.blogspot.com/2011/01/it-started-off-with-coffee-pot.html

Now I'm off to check out everyone elses lists. I only realized it was Tuesday a little while ago!

queencake and titangirl said...

hi aimee! my list is up: http://missyerem-blogspot.com

queencake and titangirl said...

wrong, sorry: http://missyerem.blogspot.com

Jeannine said...

I love this kind of word/image game - shakes things up, forges new connections. I tend to group words in pairs, but this makes me want to try trios.

I see a lot of beauty in the single color ink on a page of paper.

This whole thing makes me happy! :)

The Original Drama Mama said...

I really, really need to get back into List It Tuesday!

Whenever I'm stuck at the car dealer I find myself pulling Lil' G out of the driver's seat of all the test models.

Totally OT: We are buying a car this fall and I'm thinking about the Pilot or the CR-V, any thoughts?

dawn michele said...

I filled a journal page with a list of things I like and posted about it here. It was a very fun list to make!

rachel awes said...

brilliant, darling!
here are three words for YOU.
i adore you.
xox

Jen Niles said...

You are my lifeline now. I am stay-at-home, WAHM, homeschooling mom of one very verbal and interruption-prone 7 year old and I am absolutely damaged in the area of getting creativity going FIRST. Usually the mundane gets done first under the myth that "once I get my work done I will do art." That is murderous to the soul! I need to do the art first. Or at least simultaneously. Your tip of how to work at the car dealership was hugely helpful. Of course I carry ALL my journals and art supplies with me everywhere I go, but getting my MIND to a creative place always stops me from using them on the fly. thank you thank you thank you

(I had removed this post because my profile was flubbed up. Now, re-posting. Hopefully I have a normal profile now!)

Tara.Tamara said...

I thought about doing that too, its such a neat idea. Love your List

I also did one!
http://climbingthelatter.blogspot.com/2011/01/list-it-tuesday-smile.html

Hope you Like it!

pluckychickenheart said...

Aimee, what a terrific zen ish idea!

I have notebooks scattered everywhere too. It is maddening but I don't seem to care enough to do it any other way either.

I posted a veeerry brief list on tuesday. Brief but full figured. Ironically enough. Two words.

Bella Sinclair said...

How cool are you to make up your own fun exercises!

I spent some hours at the Toyota dealer recently. I'm going to have to speak to management about getting chocolate chip cookies in the lounge.

kelly barton art + design said...

i love seeing a bit of your process. i am always thinking..how the heck do they do that!
i get so used to doing things my way that it is refreshing to see a new view.

ilove love love your work.

Coreopsis said...

What is this "posted lists" that you keep referring to? It sounds intriguing, and I've been meaning to ask.....

I really love these jottings. I do stuff like this all the time in my journal...

Joy said...

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one that keeps "unpretty" working journals. So many artists have, well, works of art in between their journal sheets--mine look more like grocery lists, sadly.