One of my favorite things to do is experiment with new techniques in creating art.
It can be a bit like alchemy, trying to find the right combinations of substances to create something new. Sometimes all I get is a big mess, and other times it pays off big time with results I couldn’t have imagined.
One of the seeds I will plant in the new year is the seed of experimentation – and I plan to show some of my results in the future on this blog.
Today’s post comes from Joanne Fink. I know a few of you who have subscribed to this blog have an interest in Zentangles. Yesterday, I received information about this book by Joanne Fink, featuring her drawing and patterning techniques.
The following letter is from Joanne Fink. She gave me permission to post this:
“Dear Friends & Family,
Is it possible for a tornado to be a good thing?
I felt like a tornado this morning, and it led to this idea! I’ve decided to embrace my good tornado. There’s a lot of stuff floating around in my head that needs to get done, but some things are just going to have to keep spinning until the time is right to put them into action. This drawing is about learning to live in the moment in spite of the tornado of responsibilities and possibilities raging in the mind.
What if everyone in the whole world spent 20 minutes every day creating something to make the world a better place for everyone?
I have this idea that if people were focused every day on expressing themselves through writing, creating art, music, crafts, building, or performing, the world would be a better place. Maybe it’s just a silly, naive notion, and I have no idea how such a thing would be possible to orchestrate. But it made me feel good to think about the possibility of everyone in the whole world writing, playing music, sculpting, journaling, playing, singing, gardening and doodling every single day. I think it could go a long way to making people happier with our lives. It could be a cure for depression. Maybe WordPress is on its way to making that happen some day!
Today I’m posting another Creating Equals Playing doodle. I was inspired to continue with this theme by a recent post called “Taking a Load Off”, by Janece of The Wild Pomegranate Blog. I’ve added her blog to my blog roll.
Janece had spoken about how surrounding yourself with positivity can lead to more positivity. Sometimes negativity and self-criticism can creep into one’s creative process. When I first started this blog I had a lot of self-doubt, and I was fortunate that I found my way onto a positive path in creating these posts.
The idea of creating without goals was inspired by something Dr. Stewart Brown said in an interview. Play is extremely important to the health of the human brain, and there are many types of play. He mentioned a whole list of activities that can be play, including writing and creating artwork. The most important factor that determines whether an activity is play rather than work is whether or not there is a goal in the activity. If the players are playing to win, then it becomes work. If you intend to achieve something, it’s not the kind of play he is talking about. If you are putting yourself under stress with the intention of the activity leading to an achievement of a goal, then it can no longer be considered play, and it is not tapping into the part of the brain that is stimulated by play. I think everyone needs to play more whether it’s social play or laughing and joking with people, playing games, or creating something.
This blog is my way of playing at creating, and I need to be remind myself to keep it as a playful activity for myself.
I decided to post something playful today, and what could be more playful than a pack of puppies?
It got me thinking about starting a new category of playful drawings. There will be times that I just want to have fun with drawings, and it gave me the idea of doing an ongoing playful series of drawings called Creating Equals Playing.