anonyrrie: Inspire Me Thursday - Senseless Art

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday - Senseless Art

Last Thursday's inspirational challenge was to create art by purposefully avoiding the use of our five senses...a tough one, indeed! This took me all week to do, as I worked on it here and there between other things...and here's how it happened:

Vision - I usually have a very clear idea of what I want to draw or paint, and I spend many hours visualizing it in my head. I picture what supplies I'll use, and I even imagine myself in the process of creating. When I do sit down to create something, I have a plan and I build from that. This time I had no picture in my mind, and my words to Jol after dinner last Thursday were something like... "I'm just going downstairs to slap some gesso on a canvas." From there, I started playing with colors and textures by pulling out random tubes of paint, trying different stamps, smearing with a sponge, and so on. When I felt done with the background, I just put it away, returning over the week to do different things as they happened.

Touch and Hearing - I avoided having any desired outcome, so I felt free to mess around with different materials. I decided that I didn't really care what I ended up with; I was just playing. I have to admit that I had to work on the inner critic a bit; it's hard to avoid that voice, especially since I worked without background music.

Taste and Smell - Hmmm...well, I wasn't eating and I wasn't thinking much about smelling anything. I was just concentrating on not concentrating!

So, do I like what I ended up with? I'm not sure.... To be honest, I prefer to have the pleasure of the thought process that comes before creating, and I love the energy I have when I am conscious of my choices and my senses. Nonetheless, this was a cool challenge that stretched me in another way. Thanks, Misty and Melanie!


Blogger Colorsonmymind said...


I like the red and green tones you used and how they work together.

Thanks for sharing this, I find it so helpful to hear about the process, and thinking.

I really enjoy reading about other people's process, it helps me understand myself better as well.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carla, very cool as usual dear. I love the colors you chose. Great job on this weeks theme, it was hard for me too.

8:36 AM  
Blogger ratlion said...

You know what? This does'nt seem 'senseless' to me at all. Kinda brings to mind a cool evening/ sunset or dusk in a praire somewhere! So it actually makes sense to me!

:) Nice job.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I really like this. It's so different from your usual work. That's something I struggle with, everything I do always ends up looking the same to me after a while. Maybe we need to just turn off our brains and senses for a minute to truly learn how to do something different. I like how freely you use color in this piece. In your other works, the color is always constrained by black lines. Here the colors create the boundaries, giving it an entirely different feel.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Wee Cottage said...

I love the textures you have created in the artwork. Is it a multi-media peice? I love the sky and the textures in the tree. I like the idea of trying to shut down your senses - Now if I could only stop that negative chatter in my head when I create...LOL

Great job as always

11:04 AM  
Blogger Sundries Sublime said...

Beautiful - as always!!! Love the tattoo one too!!

: )

11:06 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

This sounds like a difficult challenge.
The result is a great piece. I like the tree with the cute little leaves, but I especially love the peach sky with the cute little stars!

11:18 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Where do you find the time for another weekly art challenge? I'm glad you do, as I like seeing more and different styles of your artwork. This piece has such a cheerful feeling to it. I also enjoy reading about your process. I do a lot of thinking (maybe too much) and also research before I start any this a large piece that you photographed or a small one that you scanned?

12:36 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Yeah, this is a much different challenge as opposed to Illustration Friday. Regardless, you've got some great results here. I'll have to try this idea sometime.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

This challenge has pushed you into a different space hasn't it! I love exploration that pushes the boundaries and I really admire how to rose to this one.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous diong said...

I also like doing IMT challenges... makes me think :-)

Love the colors on this one... and also the composition - how the two big stars balance everything in the piece.

4:18 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Wow! This turned out beautiful. Lovely colors! I feel like mine looks like childs play. I too enjoy the whole process of using my senses when creating. Keeps me a lot more sane anyway.

11:59 PM  
Blogger firstborn studio said...

i love your senseless art!

8:39 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Awesome response to the challenge! I think it takes courage for all of us to create in response to these challenges....and they are often quite difficult. You created something that not only was a response to the challenge, but is a delight to look at as well!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

This is another of your personal best in my humble opinion, and I love it, madly!
As for myself? Such an artwork can surely be created using none of the 5 senses, but, I think, it couldn't exist in the physical world. It would have to be next to nothing at all - a purely conceptual piece that no one will ever see but me, existing in the mind alone. Sadly, that means there can be no post, no comments, no nuttin'!!! :D

9:28 AM  
Blogger Violetswalk said...


1:49 PM  
Blogger isay said...

actually, it is difficult for me to do the challenge this week so i decided to skip.

your artwork is fabulous. the colors blended well and very lively. i like the tree a lot-the leaves were so unique. and the stars gosh-it glows in its green colors and giving light to the flowers and plants.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Geninne said...

Carla, this is beautiful! Loved it!
Loved the colors, the composition, the texture...everything.

7:07 PM  
Blogger kg said...

i love it! it looks like such a fun piece. and i think i see something lurking around by the tree - is it a miniature elephant? ;-)

10:21 PM  
Blogger christina said...

I quite like the way this turned out--a departure from what you often do. I especially like the texture of the grasses and their color. Also the leaves make me want to finger each one--quite facinating. My favorite part though is reading about your process.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

just gorgeous.

you are an amazing artist.

3:14 AM  
Blogger artjunk~ said...

I love it! it's very light, cheerful, flowing and happy!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Nice piece. Love the simplicity of the tree, and the thoughtfulness with which you write your explanations. You must be a great teacher!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hi, glad you liked my feet illustration, your work is amazing!

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

What a hard challenge. Usually we try to involve all senses both in making Art and writing. I don't know whethere no sense is involved, but I like what you painted.

1:02 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Carla, you may not have used your senses to produce this work but I can assure you that it stirs every one of my senses and makes me feel very good!

4:15 AM  
Blogger Kala said...

A beautiful image, a dreamlike place, like a warm, late afternoon summer sunset.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

i love the amazing colours, and the detail.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

Carla, this is so pretty! It look like a collage or quilt even. It has such richness of texture and depth. JUst beautiful!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

GORGEOUS! Simply gorgeous!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

THis is stunning!! Great work!

1:16 PM  
Blogger Valaine said...

i love this - the colors are so warm and the texture is great plus ask anyone who knows me and they'll agree that i have a strange attraction to trees and stars ^_^

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great artwork, really like this picture. I think the flat perspective works in this style.

10:59 AM  
Blogger shoofly said...

i love the texture and colors of the sky, tree and leaves. this is gorgeous!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

expressed with words full of depth that open the door wide enough to fall in and feel ones senses without a scratch..delicious!

5:25 AM  
Anonymous the painted pear said...

Haven't been doing a lot of surfing lately, so I am a little behind on this comment!

Hey, I do believe the use of the senses is vital to create something of real integrity. Why do a piece of art if you can't see, feel, touch...but all in all it broadened my awareness. At least you have a piece that is pretty, colorful.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Leezy said...

I keep coming back to this piece Carla and lingering on it, becasue it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy ... it's the color palette especially .. you know how much I love these clours .... :)

5:11 PM  
Blogger Turtle Jones said...

This piece is beautiful, too! :)

12:18 PM  

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