We've been exploring a different color each week this month in my art journaling classes.
It's interesting to be assigned a color to explore (even when you're the one doing the assigning!) We tend to have "go-to" colors that we like to use, and colors that we avoid. Generally speaking, I don't use a lot of red in my work. It's bold and powerful, and can overwhelm. Which is not necessarily a bad thing in art; it all depends on your intent.
Art can soothe, enrage, amuse, entertain, cause us to think, and feel a whole range of emotions. Color can be a big part of that. How does color influence your art?
Some things to consider when you paint:
Above are my art journal pages for Red, and below for Blue. Interestingly, I struggled more with Blue even though I paint with blue more than red in my everyday work.
For Red, I layered magazine images, acrylic paint and oil pastel over my journal writing on the color red.
The first version of Blue has layers of magazine images, a sheet from and old book, acrylic paint, oil pastels, and song titles and lyrics written in pen. All layered over my journal writing about the color blue.
The randomness was bothering me, so after class I worked on it a bit more, and below is the final version of Blue. Did I make the right decision? Whether I like the final result or not, the answer is yes, I absolutely made the right decision. I was what I was moved to do in the moment, and for me, art journaling is about my own personal expression.
In my journal I create art for myself, for my soul, not for anyone else.
Would you like to create some art for your soul? Our art journaling class meets Thursday evenings 6-7:30 MST on Zoom, and you can sign up right here.
I am a teaching artist with a passion for expression, creativity, and using art as a way to work through the muck of life.