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Here are the brief descriptions of the Dec 8 – 14th Prompts.
Dec 8 – Prompt #08_ORANGE
A bright and cheery colour, that has virtually no negative meanings associated with it throughout cultures and history. It is the colour of creativity, of curiosity and of comfort.
An orange sunset is spectacular and should feel comforting. Brown is actually part of the spectrum of orange and because of this, deeper shades of orange should feel comforting and grounding.
It is mellower and less primitive than red, and is the main colour in fire and autumn foliage.
It’s activating and motion oriented.
Like red, orange is also exciting and stimulating, but with less intensity. It is jovial, lively, energetic, extraverted and sociable.
Dec 9 – Prompt #09_PRIMARYCOLOUR
Primary colours, Red, Blue and Yellow. These colours remind people of their youth and when combined they are often thought of a childish combination. We are taught when we are young that these three colours will make every single of the colours. But it this correct? I would say it depends on your medium that you are using to make colour.
When printing, using inks or dyes, the primary colours become Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. I would also say that you may have better luck in colour mixing your paints if your blue is closer to Cyan and your Red is a little on the magenta side.
Dec 10 – Prompt #10_POINTILLISM
This is a technique made popular by Georges Seurat
“Dimanche d’été à la Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat – CC. Photo Credit: Bert Kaufmann
It is a technique where the entire image is created by tiny dots. You can use individual dots of a solid colour, but the masters of this technique used dots of primary colour (mostly cyan, magenta and yellow) plus black to “trick the eye” into seeing the blended colours as a solid colour.
TV screens use this same technique, however they use Red, Green and Blue to produce the vibrant colours we see on screen.
Dec 11 – Prompt #11_CONTRAST
A key element in design, art and photography. Contrast is the difference in light and dark in an image. It could also be illustrated with shape, where one shape is much different than the other shapes.
As long as you have an element that is strikingly different than you have created contrast.
Dec 12 – Prompt #12_YELLOW
A bright and cheerful colour. Yellow is traditionally associated with the sun, hope, wisdom and a bright future. It can feel expansive and high spirited.
It can be used to express movement, activity and communication. It is the symbol of Mercury, the messenger of the gods. There are many countries that use yellow mailboxes and it can also mean new horizons.
When yellow is too strong of a colour, it can mean egocentric, and can be abrasive or alarming.
I once painted a kitchen with a bright yellow and it felt like I was in a tanning bed every time I went in there.
Dec 13 – Prompt #13_INTUITIVEART
Intuitive painting is painting while listening to your inner guidance. There are many ways to paint intuitively, but I always start with a prayer or meditation and the feeling that I want to convey with my paints.
It’s a way to paint while learning to turn off your inner critical voice. It could even be a way to create which becomes a meditation. Moving meditation.
Sometimes I ask the art itself, “what colour should I add to you?”
A good way to start your intuitive art, is to put on some music that you love, close your eyes and envision how your painting wants the viewer to feel while looking at it. And if that seems ridiculous to you, ask yourself how you want to feel while looking at your art.
Choose your first colour and just start drawing or painting. If your inner critic comes out and starts telling you negative stuff about your work, tell your critic that it’s a work in progress and that it’s not about the finished product. All art can be painted over or started again. Intuitive Art isn’t about perfection it’s about how you FEEL when you create.
Dec 14 – Prompt #14_MANDALA
Photo Credit: bad bad magpie
A very old way of meditative art. The word is Sanskrit in origin and loosely means circle. Circles mean wholeness, divinity and our relationship to the infinite.
It is traditionally used as a tool to find the inner self, as well as a tool for meditation, ritual and defining a sacred space.
The traditional mandala uses a symmetrical and often geometrical design. Often created with a compass and a ruler, each piece would build on itself from the middle outwards, or from the outwards to the middle. This is also called a yang mandala because of it’s controlled nature and masculine energy.
A yin mandala is isn’t symmetrical and will often use more organic and free flowing shapes.
Carl Jung “recognized that the urge to make mandalas emerges during moments of intense personal growth. Their appearance indicates a profound re-balancing process is underway in the psyche. The result of the process is a more complex and better integrated personality.”