I am on my way to becoming permanent friends with Yellow. That is if she'll have me. I am working with yellow more and more in art. I have been making friends slowly by keeping things simple. I even used some paint and a paint brush and some gesso with a stencil. This small step toward embracing yellow is really colouring my world happy.
Although black doesn't necessarily conjure up feelings of happiness or joy it is a colour I really enjoy using. Renee Stien's guest artist blog post with STAMPINGTON & COMPANY (I am signed up for Stampington's weekly email) is where I saw Renee's tutorial. I couldn't help myself but begin. I am currently creating another version of this project and I don't think I will stop any time soon. When I find something that motivates me I repeat the process of the technique or style endlessly until it literally has no more life with in me. Renee's project has reached me this intensely.
I didn't have a canvas to work on so I took her idea to a 12x12 black cardstock page. It will eventually work into a double layout or possibly an entire themed scrapbook album. The joy I felt creating this project is so hard to describe. It is simple in technique but so satisfying. I am definitely a crafter who works spontaneously. The act of tearing paper into irregular shapes to see what my hands come up with then forming the pieces into something beautiful is packed full of surprise until the final moment.
Using up scraps of paper also appeals to my frugal artist personality and makes me take immediate action with this sort of art project. It is so easy to find scraps of paper in any artist's studio! It amazes me what can be made with leftovers or scraps moving from one project to the next. This sort of process reminds me that all things are connected - even my art projects.
I inked the outside of each petal in silver as I am trying to work with yellow and silver as a combination. I love the effect it gave me against the black.
Finally, the quote was super inspiring to me as I would love to live in a world of flowers, surrounded by flowers every step I take. I feel Matisse is trying to tell us to bring the beauty out in everyone we meet - and especially if they are in a dark spot.