Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Colors,Lines, and Shapes Oh My.....

Sometimes, as part of my own creative self-exploration.....I try to figure out "my style" of art. Or, I try to figure out what it is I want to say with my art. Who am I? What am I passionate about? What is it I am trying to communicate through my art? So.....tapping my foot....I think very hard..... I say to myself, "self, what are you all about?"

In my mind I start listing what turns me on creatively....not particularly in this order:

  1. Color and more color-bright-high saturation-orange-reds,lime greens, golden yellow-bright and cheery reds, lovely cobalt blues (high color-no pastels for me)
  2. Geometric lines and shapes and simple drawings always catch my eye
  3. Texture-I love to look at art that has texture and layers of interest.
  4. Ideas of a Whimsical nature- animals, funny things, play.....
  5. Femininity-I love how God made the female body so very beautiful and the female mind and soul so complex.
  6. Food-I love to eat good food. Though I can easily turn down the desert menu, I find it very hard to eat on the "light menu". Love Italian and Mexican foods. Bread, bread, bread, bring it on!!!
  7. Wine! Oh how I love Chardonnay, maybe too much. I love wine. I don't like red or pink or anything other than Chardonnay.
  8. Family Fun-I love being with my family and the older I get the more I appreciate my precious family.
  9. Friends-Girlfriend time in particular is very important to me now. Even today I look forward to a limousine ride with 9 0ther girlfriends to view Christmas lights Thursday night. Wine will be involved. Yay! Bling will be involved. Yay!
  10. Pet-my puppy, I have never been a real dog person until Sebastian came into my life. Now, I can't imagine my life without him.

So, doing exercises like this are important to help you figure out who you are. In doing this. I can think about themes and ideas for my future art. If you look at your art from the past, you will be able to see themes. I think that when we start trying to be authentic and communicate our true selves through our art.....our art will shine.....I'm just sayin'......

7 comments:

MagnificentDebra said...

Like your painting very much...think it's the Gemini in me that relates! I understand and appreciate the desire to 'find your voice' in art. I like to do many different types of creative expression. Haven't yet found that one thing that makes me sing, 'me, me, me'!

Poetic Artist said...

The color is wonderful. I like how you try to figure things out.
Maybe I need to try this..I am still trying to figure out my style.
Which of lately is crap...LOL

Micah Holden said...

I know just what you mean...well said sister!! btw, your blog is awesome and it speaks YOU.
I'm so sorry about your dad. I can't imagine how hard it must be to lose a parent.
Have a wonderful Christmas!!
Micah

Susan said...

I love this art. You have such a neat style. Interesting list. I've been in an artistic slump lately, maybe I need to do a mental list. Take care, Susan.

Kim Mailhot said...

I think this is a good exercise for life, not only for art making, Lesley. Doing that inventory of what makes your soul really tick helps to keep you on track with how you live your life too. If you are doing stuff that doesn't work with the list of what is most important to you, it makes you think how you can change that ! You are a wise woman ! ;)
I hope you have a day filled with puppy love and many other wonderful things from your life list !
Big hugs !

Funky Art Queen said...

I love all you girls and your wise and warm comments. Merry Christmas.

Apple said...

Very cool! I love the colors! :)