Remember when I shared with you the little crocus sprouts peeking their way up through the snow? How I held onto it as a symbol of hope and trust, knowing that despite how depressing the weather was, Spring was on its way? Well, look what I have in my garden now. Note the lack of snow. Note the pretty yellow colour. Yes folks, there’s actually COLOUR out there. It’s a beautiful sunny day with a temperature of 10 degrees (that’s Celsius – so in Fahrenheit, that’s 50). Days like these are so invigorating after a long cold winter and add to it the fact that I get to go listen to uplifting music sung by my daughter and her university choir tonight, and it’s pretty much a perfect day.
How does this all translate into art? Well, I’m often very into browns when I create mixed media pieces. I might sometimes add a little bit of orange, red, or yellow to the basic brown and often I like to throw in some metallics but there’s almost always a majority of the piece done in browns. Today I want to paint something sunny and bright. I want the colours to pop off the canvas; to explode like fireworks. I want to step outside of my usual comfort zone and stretch. I shy away from a lot of bright colours usually not because I don’t like them but because I don’t feel secure in creating with them. It’s like me and glitter or bling. I feel like I don’t know how to use them without creating something that looks tacky and yet I so admire the work of artists who do use them. So today, I’ve challenged myself to take that photograph above and the music that I hear tonight and use them tomorrow as my inspiration for creating something.
What about you? Do you have certain colours or techniques that you rely on? What is inspiring you right now? How could you do something new and different?