March Exercise  |  year nine, day seventeen

“If you want to get better at something, you have to do the reps. Dreams work the same way. You don’t get to pick and choose a life of home-run moments. You get to swing the bat, a lot. Some of them are going to connect; some of them won’t. But each one takes you one step closer to awesome.”
— Jon Acuff

I have crossed the halfway point in my March Exercise. Yesterday, I went to the plate one more time and met the ongoing challenge of creating a harmonious balance of counterpoise in a collage. For me, it is one of the most important factors that determine whether or not a composition is merely an active “stew” of ingredients. As I added another miniature to my Bibelot Series, I completed the exercise of using journal experiments to concentrate on a particular set of design principles — the visual support for any ideas at play in the artwork. Perhaps I should have made this parameter more clear at the beginning of the month, and explained the history of the annual regimen. One comment maker on Facebook asked me if I have been creating daily college entries for nine years. Any earlier concern I had about the potential for misinterpretation proved valid. A blogsite should not cause confusion for those kind enough to pay a visit. On the other hand, more and more people ask questions before spending enough time to comprehend a fuller picture of things. Nevertheless, I am always willing to interact with my guests and answer any inquiries. I have a great passion for working in this medium, but this online destination is meant for the observer (and remember: I have a thick skin, too!).

In Pomp Arrayed
collage miniature by J A Dixon
4 x 5.75 inches
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