Coaching, Creativity, and Community
Not sure if I was feeling free this day, or if I was needing to feel a little more free but freedom is what I received from creating this painting. First, I painted the background ochre yellow. Then, I took a paper towel (a good quality paper towel) and cut the bird out of it. I wet the paper towel pieces and then I added a drop of liquid acrylic green, blue and a drop of purple and squished the paper towel up into a little ball. Then, unfolded the paper towel carefully and placed it on the page. The paint makes it stick nicely. I added the details in the end, the dots and swirls, the lines and outlined the birds. I borrowed this idea from another blogger artist, I wish I could remember who and her web address to share with you. It is good to check out what other art journalers are doing. A couple of places I frequent are: http://artjournaling.ning.com and http://www.clothpaperscissors.com. Here on WordPress are some pretty amazing artist’s and journalers to check out. There are also some great magazines, like Art Journaling by Somerset Studio. Seeing what others are doing and creating feeds our own creative tanks and gives us inspiration and encouragement.
This piece was an exercise in creating balance, which is one of the eight design principles. Using colour, shapes, and space I tried to lay out the shapes in an appealing way and use complimentary and contrasting colours. This principle is true in life as well. As I have learned in the Creatively Fit coach training I’m taking, it teaches that a good balance in art parallels being well-rounded in life. If there are areas in your life that you tend obsess over, while neglecting others, the principle of balance may help.
Where in your life are you out of balance?