Our colony of artists (Louis, Emily, Vivian, Vange, Gloria, Lino, Patricia and Anita) focused their thoughts on COLORS and SHAPES. Again. Since we did not finish all the colors and shapes we had intended last week, Joyce and I invited our artists to once again focus their attention on these two foundations of making visual art. We used a similar process from last week—mixing colors to create orange, purple and green—but this time the image of a rainbow was our catalyst for creativity.
First, to warm up our creative energies, our artists followed my gentle movements followed by the song, I’ve Got the World on A String…Sittin’ on a Rainbow…which yesterday was led not only by Joyce and me, but, by Vivian who recognized this song right away!
Our attentions then shifted as everyone was encouraged to create a rainbow—which as our artists discussed in our circle could be any shape including a heart, circle, cloud, crescent moon and traditional arch shape—color by color using watercolor paints on paper.
Our Visual Creative Process
COLORS+SHAPES, PART II: Capturing colors + shapes that are meaningful. Using watercolor paints to connect to our thoughts and feelings and to explore colors and shapes in an approachable way using the image of a rainbow as our guide and inspiration. This creative process is all about feeling the freedom to explore, to become more familiar with watercolor paints on paper and to have fun.
Below are some of our artists’ rainbow portraits:
What more can we ask
of one another
[than] that we move
through the world paying attention,
taking the time to care,
and leaving behind
gentle traces of beauty?
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.