There is a word that I love (just one of many, if you know me at all).
That word is:
1. spontaneously fanciful or playful
2. given to whims; capricious
3. quaint, unusual, or fantastic
It's a word that doesn't get used nearly enough.
In the art world, in my humble opinion, it's a concept that doesn't get used nearly enough.
Don't get me wrong. I admire "serious" art, and especially the skill it takes to produce it. However, as someone who appreciates art, it's always the more whimsical stuff that draws my eye.
After all, where else in our lives can we completely give ourselves over to whimsy if not in art? In art, it's acceptable to have a chartreuse sky, swimming camels... anything that doesn't quite belong in all the most amusing ways.
Truly, art should be spontaneously fanciful and playful. Art should be capricious and given to whims. Art is at its best when it is quaint, unusual or fantastic. Art ought to be whimsical.
So it is there that my love of RubberMoon's stamps is based. They make it easy to wander the whimsical path.
The card above was made using RubberMoon's Squeak, "Oh, Rats!", and Black Cattitude stamps, along with Tim Holtz's clock stamp.
The concept behind this card perfectly, yet oh, so whimsically captures my behind-the-eight-ball frantic feeling with regard toward getting everything done between Halloween and Christmas.
Hey, what day is it? Wait. What time is it?! Oh, rats!!
The rats race around the clock (rat race... get it?) as if trying to keep up with time, capped off by the wry look on the cat's face as one of the rats gets away.
Here I am at my last post on this blog for 2014, with holiday presents made and gifted, cards made and sent, cookies made and eaten, well-wishes bestowed upon beloved family and friends...
...but for this final wish...
May you have a very
Happily Whimsical New Year!