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!