I was reading Solveig‘s blog post the other day where she shared how she followed her impulse to get creative. It reminded me of the time I used to go to an art class called Experiment. Kevin, our arts teacher, made every effort to get us out of our own way.
‘Draw this image, don’t think about it, just copy what you see.’
After we carefully drew the image with varying degrees of resemblance, he’d ask us to paint it all over in red. I remember thinking ‘No! This is so pretty!’ Then, he’d say, OK, now put some bleach over it and see what happens.
Here are a few examples of what happened…
This reflection makes me appreciate two things:
1. As artists we need to ‘feed’ our creativity by giving ourselves permission to play and experiment
2. The best art is created when we get out of our own way.
I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by wonderful Ula. Although we’ve never met, I feel I’ve known Ula for a long time. Her writing is exquisite and touches something deep inside me. I nominate Solveig who reminded me of how much I love playing with colours. I even went and bought new art materials, including a colouring book for adults. Plus, she always has amazing photos on her blog.
The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:
1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!