Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mary's Take on Challenge 2

Well, this is a Challenge group, indeed! This whole experience has been quite an eye-opener for me because I am so unaccustomed to being assigned a subject when making my artwork - I come up with my concept and I proceed to make the vision a reality.  So this group is definitely pulling me out of my very comfortable little rut and making me think in all kinds of new ways. Which is the point, right?

The last challenge had me cogitating on how to depict something auditory in visual terms.  That was tough enough! Now I have a two-fold assignment: design a symbol to represent something that doesn't have one, and then depict it in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Like Martha, my mind turned first to the symbols we see around us all the time - to warn us about dangers: ...

to tell us what we should do  ...                                                                               

                                                                           ... or should not do ....

I can see it might be easy to have a lot of fun with this challenge.  Martha's post title was "Too Much Pi" and I imagined designing a symbol for that!

But I was flummoxed enough to write to Betty and make sure I grasped what she was envisioning.  (Is that cheating?)  :)

Aha! Emoticons! :D  Wonderful little symbols for expressing tone of voice so emails don't get misinterpreted!

:-O   Gasp           0:-)  Angel                :-{{  Angry face           >:-(      Annoyed  

@:-}     Just back from hairdresser

:-(O=    Too much pie

So in the interests of sharing my newfound knowledge with my struggling colleagues, here are Betty's hints:

Think of something that takes many words to approximate (like pi can take many numbers) and then make a symbol for it. 
like- that feeling in the morning when you get an idea when you're half asleep and then spend the next couple of hours trying to remember it ... or- what happens when you're listening to someone drone on and on and really want to be someplace else

Okay, that helps.  It's coming to me.  I think I will work on designing a symbol for that feeling you get when you are facing an insurmountable challenge! 

o A


  1. Oh Mary, I'm ROTFL - rolling on the floor laughing! I can definitely relate to your feelings, this is QUITE a challenge. I can't wait to see what you create!

  2. I think you should make the hairdresser symbol :D

  3. Love it!

    P.S. The hairdresser symbol is a new one for me -- it's great!