We all have thoughts, dreams, and aspirations. We have opinions, tell stories, and share our concerns. Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words? Have you experienced something that doesn’t make sense but later on when you put pen to paper, brush to canvas, or fingers to the keyboard it all comes together? That’s the beauty of art; it gives us the freedom to expand our potential and experience of life.
Georgia O’Keefe said, “I found I could say things with colour and shape that I couldn’t say any other way-things I had no words for.” That’s a powerful statement from one of the country’s most prominent artists. We’re filled with possibility when we expand how we express ourselves. We’re given a lease on life when we multiply the breadth of our personal self-expression.
Think about this, how do you feel when you see two colors adjacent to one another that clash? What do you think or feel about two notes or chords that are discordant to your ears? I find this conflict luscious. Robert Fritz, author of Creating: A practical guide to the creative process and how to use to create anything, shares that creativity is the result of tension. Tension is not just stress we feel, but it can be visual tension, auditory tension, or visceral tension in response to our experiences.
I created a piece a couple of years ago that is fuchsia and white. When I went to add the stitching I wanted to create tension and I chose to do this with thread. I used a fluorescent orange thread against the fuchsia backdrop. It’s stunning and at the same time throws the viewer a bit off kilter. It’s interesting to watch the responses I get when people stand in front of the piece. There’s definitely a level uneasiness, but that’s what I love about it!
Use all of your creative energy to expand your personal vocabulary. Our vocabulary is more than just words, but signs and symbols, sounds, and textures. Give yourself the gift of creative expression and let your voice (whatever that looks or feels like to you) be heard!
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