Saturday, July 01, 2006

Artist Palette

Except for the blatant spelling error, I am pretty pleased with how this turned out. Lately, I have been intrigued by the concept of each artist having their own symbolic alphabet. I think that instead of having another formal "challenge," if you are interested, you can start an art journal with me and we can explore this concept together.

What I'm beginning with and following Anahata's inspiration, is to follow your impulse. She states that:

All you need to in order to create is to follow one impulse to the next. Like a game of connect the dots. One foot ahead of the next. To me creating artwork is a matter of impulse reactions to what is before you. Make one word, one brush stroke, one splatter. React to it. And then act on the next impulse you have. You needn't know what you are working towards or even what you want the outcome to be. All you need to do is react to each addition. This is how you will come to conclusions in your work you didn't know possible.

So that is what I did with this piece. I tried to follow each impulse without putting much thought into it and not let my censor in. It definitely evolved into what I am showing you here. I love all of these colors together. I have always been drawn to them. I have kept an issue of Elle magazine with Scarlett Johansson (love her!) on the cover for 2 years now, just waiting for the right time to use the photos of her in my art. I love everything about them. I finally challenged myself to use them here and love the feeling they provoke. I decided to use this as my cover for my new art journal. It is an old Better Homes and Gardens "Garden Book". I love the binder format so I can stick lots of bulky stuff in and I love that it has neat tabs.
Let's explore our individual colors, symbols and moods together and see what comprises our Artist's Palette!!


gudrun said...

Wow, this sounds so exciting! Love the ida of everyone have their own artistic way or "alphabet".
I'm really looking foreward to se what you can create in your journal, and I'll definatelyu look into your blog to get (as allways) loads of inspiration.
Thank you for sharing, Kari! You are a really talented artist! :-)

Fiona said...

I'll play along. I've been so intrigued by the concept that I've already started cataloguing what I think is my alphabet! A whole art journal exploring this will be fun and enlightening.

Janet said...

Love this one....even with the spelling error! :-) I think it kind of adds something! The colors are beautiful, soft and feminine.

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Sharon Tomlinson said...

Kari, I'm playing and exploring with you. I am discovering my alphabet and I think it starts with color and flowers. I have posted a page in progress....go see ;0)

Jeanne said...

This page is gorgeous! I think I already create in this "follow your implulse" method, so I may just have to play along.

Anonymous said...

Kari, this is such an interesting concept to look into. I can't commit to play along right now, but I am going to delve into this whole idea! Just linked you to my blog-hope you don't mind:)

Anonymous said...

I love your journal cover! I am so glad some of what I have been talking about is working for you. You never know if the translation will work for people.