Catching my breath I think! Seriously here we are on day three and the wheels on this bus are just starting to go round., even if the driver is a little rusty.
I originally intended C to be for Creativity and I was quite happy with that until about 10 minutes before I started writing this post. Creativity is a great word, but is also starting to be a little over used and not just by those of us in the craft world. Did you know there is actually a religion called Creativity - founded in Florida and every year between April 15 - 20 there is a world creativity and innovation week in Islamabad? So I did an about turn and had a re-think.
Several 'c' words down the line I finally settled for Colour. There are some phrases around this word that amuse me such as 'colour your judgement' - it that someone using a set of paints on a magistrate? How about if you are 'feeling off colour' - can you only be seen in black and white? And finally 'she passed with flying colours' - did the paint tubes haved wings?
Colour is something we all struggle with in our art at times. Understanding the colour wheel is a start and if you don't own one I recommend you get yourself one. It really is a great help. And what about the colour in our lives? I don't just mean green grass, blue sky (can't quite remember that one) and red post boxes.
The colour, and shade, in our everyday life comes from things such as music and conversation, theatre and books, laughter and tears. And we all have to live through these. If life was just happy all the time i.e. one colour, think of the type of things we would miss out on; hugs from our family, a handkerchief from an understanding friend, being transported by the words on a page. There is no colour wheel for life only a multitude of experiences and emotions. But wouldn't it be a very dark world without any of it?
Well here is the art for today
This is a very recent piece of artwork. Glenda and I were having a play day a few weeks ago and we were doing the three colour tag challenge. The background was coloured using Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade and Weathered Wood Distress inkpads. I then used white gesso with the Climbing Vine stencil. Make sure the inks are completely dry before you try this step.
The stamp is from the Serenity A5 stamp set, which I coloured with Coloursoft pencils. Finally I stamped the sentiment from the Tranquility set.
Finally, if you are having art trouble with colour I suggest you visit Glenda's blog post - it is very inspiring. And if you are having life colour troubles then look for the light and shade.
See you tomorrow with the letter D.