I love it when we have an new post from the Artists' Colony. The Art Therapy program is always a great way to kick off the week. I love the way they tie music into each session. Plus, this week we've got almost all of the artists sharing their work.
The sun is shining down on us again!
Yesterday, our artists’ colony members (Vivian, Lino, Emily, Gloria, Patricia, Vange, Louis and Anita) were invited to focus their thoughts on COLORS and SHAPES. I’d been inspired by Joyce! for this week’s creative process when she had recently mentioned how important being comfortable with color can be to being visually creative. And, then Louis Armstrong’s song, What a Wonderful World popped into my head. Well, the rest was history.
First we all sang What a Wonderful World made well known by Louis Armstrong’s recording in the mid-60s. Among the song’s lyrics are the images of red roses, trees of green and all the colors of the rainbow.
Then, we went around our circle sharing favorite colors and where those colors are to be found in nature or at home.
Our artists were then invited to relax and breathe, doing a few gentle movements to shake out any tension, stress or boredom from their bodies and minds. With paper and paints in palettes in front of them it was time for our visual creative process.
COLORS+SHAPES: Capturing shapes, colors, images that are meaningful to each of our artists. Using watercolor paints on paper to connect to our thoughts and feelings while exploring colors and shapes in a bigger, more carefree way. This invitation is all about feeling the freedom to explore our creative intuitions, to relax with paints paper and water and to have fun.
Our artists were inspired to create, using watercolor paints on paper, a quick sketch of of something from nature (suggestions included a yellow sun in the sky, a red rose blooming, an orange bird, etc.) in each of 6 colors on the color wheel. They were encouraged to think big and cover the paper with shapes and images using only ONE color at a time. We started with yellow, then red. We then mixed yellow and red together for orange…. This was also an opportunity to explore, first-hand, what colors create orange, purple and green. Our artists then used colors and lines that captured the spirit of each of the suggested six images from nature—however that may have looked and felt to them.
About Cynthia Bydlinski
Cynthia Bydlinski is a volunteer and helps as a creative arts leader. To find out how you can get more involved as a volunteer at the Friendship Centers, please contact Caroline Allen in Volunteer Development at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota. Getting involved as a volunteer is just a phone call away, 941.556.3249.