Exploring the colour spectrum
Sunday is a beautiful day to play. Enjoy a little colour exploration in a way that feels fun for you! What colours are you attracted to? With your eyes closed, can you imagine the full spectrum of colour? red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, feel your way through each colour.
You might like to draw or paint, blending harmoniously, with the spectrum as your guide. Keeping colours fresh and clear…avoid making browns. Really allow yourself to be present and enjoy the alchemy and magic. Notice how red gently melts into orange (when you add yellow) and then all the way to yellow and so on OR with colourful objects like pieces of fruit or collage paper create a design using colour in a harmonious and flowing way OR create photographic images of the colours in your life… maybe play with an app to alter the image.
"Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow."
Do you need to enrich your art supplies with more colour? Sometimes I go to the art supply shop for one item and am happily sidetracked looking at the shelves of coloured pastels and other goodies that I’m not purchasing. Occasionally this leads to trying something new but usually it’s just a moment of joy. Can you give yourself permission to visit the local art shop for some inspiration, maybe just a look around, maybe buy a new favourite colour or medium you want to try. You might prefer to stay home and organise and sort through your current art materials. Arrange them in handy and creative ways. Enhance, enrich and display your colour supplies.
"I found I could say things with colors that I could not say in any other way, things for which I had no words." Georgia O'Keeffe
Playing with value – light through to dark. This is great for any kind of paint or pastels because they blend well. Use one colour family, either cool (watery blues & greens) or warm (fiery reds to yellows) plus some white. If you’re using paint you can make it pretty watery and have a water spray bottle ready.
To begin make a splodge anywhere on your page or canvas, give it plenty of water, maybe a spray and let the paint expand or drip in a cloudy harmonious way. With paint or pastels start blending out to the lightest, whitest tone and back through to the darkest. These are studies in harmony and practice in blending, beautiful abstract and emotive. If photographing, find a way to let your focus soften, search for curious tonal variations through the lens.
You might like to try a warm one and a cool one.
"Colours produce a spiritual vibration, the impression they create is important only as a step towards this vibration." Wassily Kandinsky
The element of contrast... opposites attract
Light•Dark Cool•Warm Green•Red Orange•Blue Purple•Yellow Black•White
You could add a new layer to a work from earlier in the week or to yesterday’s atmospheric art or start something fresh. The opposite colours (listed above) can be strikingly beautiful when close to each other but when mixed together will make browns. Sometimes that is what we want but for the sake of this exercise we want to keep the colours bright. You will need base layer of colour that is dry. Then, using a contrasting colour add patterns, shapes, lines and details. You can alternate between two artworks if you want (allowing drying time). Keeping it simple can be soothing or maybe you feel like being wild about it.
Search for contrasting colour and tone in your environment for inspiration and for photography.
"All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites." Marc Chagall
Choose your Colours
Every day we have the opportunity to express ourselves through the colours we choose to wear. When I consider this I realise that some days I am very aware of this and feel bright or wacky and other days I dress on automatic pilot and am bit dull. Today I hope you will take a moment to connect and choose your colours!
"Fashion should be something that in the morning, when you open your window, you say, 'Oh fantastic, sun!' Then you take your shower, you say, 'OK fantastic, which colour I wear today because I feel happy?' This should be fashion." Roberto Cavalli
Bravery & Courage
This could manifest in any area of life. It might be bravery to try something you've been wanting to or courage to speak your truth. Dare to put yourself out there!
If you would like to continue painting or drawing or working visually that's great. Either start a new piece or add more layers to some art from earlier this week (especially if you have one that you're not in love with). Try new ways of applying paint; stamping, printing, splattering, finger painting, stencilling, smudging. Find new tools...kitchen utensils, vegetables, plants, weird stuff that makes cool shapes or textures. Try using colours that you don't usually choose. Break out of comfortable habits. Covering 50 percent or more of the earlier layers and alternating between 2 or more works allowing each layer to dry so they do to get muddy. Let Go...Play!!
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” Brené Brown
Maybe visit an Art Gallery, or place of beauty and inspiration for you. This is a perfect time for an artist date with yourself (the idea of an artist date is from the book 'The Artist's Way' by Julia Cameron) or an outing to share with friends of family. It could be anything that you need today, it may be as simple as a bath or some time alone or it may be that you need your people around you.
"No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity." Julia Cameron