I feel like I'm lacking direction this month so I'm initiating a bit of an art self-challenge to push myself. This is a throw back to my college years and an awesome way to try some new techniques. The last few GO/ventures that I did with Elise - we focused on a different word prompt everyday. THIS IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT because I'm going to focus on the SAME word (or same image) for 5 days - BUT CHANGE MY MEDIUM for each day.
5 DAYS - 5 WAYS works like this:
- STEP1: pick a subject/word/idea. I've decided to pick something simple. I've picked the word/image: DOOR. Simple is best and DOOR conjures up all kinds of emotional meanings for me right now. Pick something that speaks to you right now... I've seen this turn out well with all kinds of different images. Fork, shoes, tulip, individual letters, birds, signs, anything. Go nuts.
- STEP2: I'm going to attack the word DOOR in 5 different ways by using different media and techniques. For example: photography, crayon, pencil, ink, paper crafts, oil paint, acrylic, collage, etc, etc, etc. I'm better at straying from rules than following them straight up - so I'm going to do this exercise this week and work a couple images in tandem. Just to be my complicated self.
- STEP3: GO and do it.
I like this exercise because you end up with a collection of pieces and a deeper appreciation for "many different solutions". You get to rework stuff and play with new media - which is often missing from creative life because there's this inclination to just GO and GO and GO to the next thing. I like revisiting and changing my answer to the word prompt. I like using media that I don't normally GO TO right away. It's fun.
FRIDAY: pencil, pencil crayon, marker, glue, acrylic
MONDAY: free for all*
*If I'm having fun - I might extend this to include oil pastels, chalk, crayon, watercolour, etc.
If you want to play along - I think that would be AWESOME. Elise? Maile? Marta? Ali? Paolo? Jeope? Tara? Anyone? You can leave links to your post - OR IF YOU WANT WE CAN DO THE FLICKR group thing again. I'm easy. I will be posting my first round of DOOR tomorrow morning. Bright and early because that's how I roll.
5 DAYS - 5 WAYS to look at: DOOR.