This is where you get to say the loud parts quiet and the quiet parts LOUD. Feeling something you can’t quite express in words? Shy about showing off your heretofore secret creative talents? Don’t be shy; LET YOUR INSIDES SHOUT!
Still confused about what you’re doing here? Read this…
youR TuRn to DraW!
- With your favourite pen, write your signature. Now really look at it. What does the way you write your name suggest about you? (not sure how much merit this list from the handwriting experts of BrightSide.com has, but thought it would be fun to consider nonetheless)
- Now try your signature again, this time varying the marks each time you write, as if the person writing is:
– in love, or any other emotions that occurs to you!
Fill the page with signatures expressing yourself with as many different feelings as possible, at least 10.
- Next move on to some expressive mark-making:
– Gather about 10 sheets (or more if you feel like it! A5/5×7 is large enough, or even, divide a large sheet into 10 or more sections) and without attempting representational or realistic objects (but if that’s what comes out then fine!), using charcoal, pencil, or other monochrome material fill each page with a range of marks that express a single emotion or feeling, such as the emotions suggested in the above exercise with your signature.
- Finally, let’s see how colour affects or anticipates your mood:
– Gather about 10 sheets (again, more if you feel up to it, and A5/5×7 is plenty large enough) and this time, using markers, paint, pastels, or other colour materials, express a range of emotions, one per sheet. Here I started with simple ink washes, then experimented with arranging scraps of a discarded painting onto the inked sheets, to see how the resulting arrangements “felt” by testing the colour collisions or coherencies. The yellow one makes me feel happy, like summer.
- If you’re feeling that you have more inside that needs to get out, choose two contrasting emotions (anger/happiness; joy/sadness; etc.) and using the same approach (say, similar materials and size of your sheet/canvas), create a diptych that expresses this emotional pair. Here, I created a collage to represent “tranquility/anxiety”, then went further to paint them. (I feel the collages actually worked better, but it never hurts try things!)
Maybe this Ransom Note gives you a different idea? Let me know!
ShaRe the LovE
You’ve come this far, now why not
Not only does your creativity need YOU, but here’s a surprise, the world needs your creativity, too! By sharing your response to a Ransom Note, we are building a community who will enjoy, be inspired by, and learn from each other. Who knows, maybe some of us will “find our tribe” or even make the world that tiny bit more pleasant to be in than it was 15 minutes ago!
LoOk uP hOw oTher artists let THeiR inSides…shOUT…
- Fiona Rae is a British painter who rose to prominence as one of the YBAs in the 90s. She says of her work, “I never think of painting as old-fashioned”.
- This seemed like a good place to put this article: “11 female abstract expressionists to know who are not Helen Frankenthaler” by Alexxa Gotthardt for Artsy.net – 28 June 2016
- Samia Halaby is a Palestinian painter and an influential scholar of Palestinian art, whose long career continues “…investigation of the materialist principles of abstraction: how reality can be represented through form”
What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!