Passions of an Odd Chick

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chaos to Colorful


I'm on the last pages of my 6th art journal. I have another moleskin ordered and in the mail.
I love to drop serious watercolor on the pages, make a colorful mess of washes and blends, and then find a face. Found faces are so fascinating to me because they just seem to emerge from the page like a spirit that says, "Draw me. Bring me forward into existence". They are always so much more interesting than my preconceived ideas.
And then I got to thinking about the idea of applying this concept to my daily reality and walks. Say I come upon a mess of activity and energy. I will really look at the thing and really see what is trying to emerge to the surface? What can I see that's beautiful? How can I take the mess and chaos and see something more creative? How can I just LET something come forward without manipulating too much - loving what is there, as it is. How can I be more present in the moment and actually find joy in simple images and find the complex and the exquisite? Can I add a touch of artistry of character or speech, and help someone, something come full bloom?
I think I shall tuck that little secret in my heart and go about my regular day and see how I can make it extraordinary.

16 comments:

DJ said...

An extraordinary day for an extraordinary woman...

Diane said...

What an excellent idea--love what came out!!

Jeanne Nelson said...

What a lovely idea! I'm excited to see you post this, as I'm having similar thoughts of "thinking outside of my box" lately, and finding total bliss within...in the weirdest of places. Keep going with it chickie ... and let us hear the results, ;). Happy Day and Life!

simplyred said...

A truly vibrant piece of artwork and a very novel idea to go with it. I would love to know how you apply it to your daily life, it will be interesting to read some examples.

Ernie
Gypsy Gold Studio

NatashaMay said...

That's a good concept. To see what emerges. :) Beautiful art! I wish faces would come to my backgrounds as well.

Beki Hilton said...

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Kimmie said...

what a cool approach ..... I love to "find" faces in wood grain .... I will have to try this sometime :)

Manon Doyle said...

Love what you're doing!! Very cool actually!!

Michele from Pipi La La said...

That is gorgeous!
I find faces in wallpaper or whatever I happen to be staring at! I also have a bit of a thing for Moleskines!

Beth Nicholls said...

What an explosion of colour. I have a lot of mess and chaos around - I am going to try out your idea...
Beth

chrissy said...

i love your spirit.
i miss it so.
glad you are continuing in the extraordinary.
loves to you.
c

Karin Bartimole said...

I just love this image. There is so much life and movement in it. She's a dynamic nature spirit - freely formed, as you say, asking to be brought "forward into existence". I feel the spontaneity of her formation and love that!!
Yes, to bring that philosophy into our lives would be refreshing "...just LET something come forward without manipulating too much - loving what is there, as it is." Yet difficult to do when surrounded by certain challenges of the day... much to think about! Love how our art and journals can do that, and change our lives in very real ways. Here's to the extraordinary in you!! xox

Lea Cioci said...

I am so lucky to have met you, I love color and this piece fills my soul. I also wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog. You can use the Fine Line Pen with watercolors - USAQ's work great, and soar even more (can you fly any higher?) Thank you for your inspiration and spirit.

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