“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” ~ Mark Twain
Color is an integral part to all types of creativity, it influences our moods and emotions, it’s linked with memories. Colors have been assigned meanings and connections throughout history and around the world.
When we tune our eyes in to notice the colors around us, life becomes brighter and more vibrant.
Through 2017 I’ve been exploring these aspects of color in a year long visual adventure: one color each month.
Each month I added more single color pages to this mixed media art journal.
Over the last 12 days of the year I want to show you a glimpse of this project.
Twelve Colors in Twelve Months: 2017 is my year full of color. I called it Twelvty. Because that’s just the way my mind works… and because I like made up words.
Each month I take another step around the color wheel, and focus on making art in just this color.
I like the liminal places – like dawn and dusk – neither one nor the other – just on that tipping edge in between. So naturally, I’m especially drawn to the tertiary colors(which is great – there are six – so every other month I’m back into one of my favourite color zones).
Last month’s color was blue-violet: the moody-mauvy, midnight-indigo, and the fragrant bluebell & lavender space in the spectrum.
Last month also marked the half way point through the year, which is a place I like to step back and reflect.
These are some thoughts on the story so far.
Each month, along with its own color, has its own flavour, it’s own particular energy. It moves in its own speed, and I’m coming to realise, this is something over which I have next to no control.
Each month as I focus my creativity in the current color, I’m learning to bide quietly and see what comes out. To begin, I thought this was from the associations each color invites, but now I’m seeing it’s also from the cumulative volume of spirit this entire investigation is amassing.
The power of a single pointed focus in color is in its absolute simplicity.
Restricting the dither attached to one choice frees up space to play with the others, and to maximise them beyond the usual stopping point: tone and shade, materials and media, size and shape. Or then stripping it all back to its origin: just pure color.
I’m compiling an art journal of my ideas and experiments as I move through the year. It’s a re-purposed world atlas (cos this is an adventure – it seemed fitting). Each month’s has about 4 pages of playing space, and at the midway point this book is bulging with inspiration, expectation, and possibilities.
Would you like to see this month’s pages?
If you enjoyed that, you can see the previous month’s pages here
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