Friday, June 26, 2009

Theme 25: There was a line, then a splash of color and suddenly...

REMINDER: The Mini-Monthly showcase is Monday, June 29th. Please send your submissions in by the end of the day, Sunday, June 28th...YAY! Can't wait to see it all!

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.
-Pablo Picasso

How you choose to interpret the theme is completely up to you. It simply needs to be tasteful – no pornography or messages of hate here. When you sit down to create, you cannot think about how people will or will not receive your work. You are required to simply enjoy the act of creating.

Everything starts from a dot. ~Wassily Kandinsky

This week, take whatever material you are working on and do something to it across the room, turn it upside down, lay it on the floor and dance around it. Chances are when you first looked at it you had an idea. Let's see it with fresh eyes to see how many more ideas are generated.

Then, place a dot somewhere on the piece and begin from that point. Using line and color simply explore and play .... trust that your creation will emerge.

Willem de Kooning

"I think I'm painting a picture of two women but it may turn out to be a landscape." ~Willem de Kooning

The Fall of Icarus by Henri Matisse

“When I put colors together, they have to join a living chord, like a musical chord or harmony.” ~Matisse

Yellow, Red, and Blue by Wassily Kandinsky

"In their pursuit of the same supreme end, Matisse and Picasso stand side by side, Matisse representing color and Picasso form." ~Wassily Kandinsky

Dove of Peace by Pablo Picasso

"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions." ~Pablo Picasso

Important Guidelines

The work submitted must be something you have created and/or worked on between the time the theme was revealed and the Thursday unveiling. Please submit your response to no later than end of day Wednesday, July 1st if you would like it to be posted on Thursday, July 2nd. OR send me a link to your response to include in the comments section of the post.

With your response please include:

1. Your name - either first name, shop name or both.

2. The name of your piece (if you choose to give it one)

3. The name of the theme you chose

4. Something you'd like to share (process of creation, idea behind piece) if you'd like to share anything

5. The shop and/or blog links you'd like to include

6. Two photos of your piece or of each of the pieces (3x5 or 4x6 and 72dpi or a max of 96dpi - if you need any help with that please don't worry I'd be happy to help!)

Most importantly, push against your own limits, draw, let color fly, be wild...enjoy!


Phoenyx Ravenswing said...


"I think I'm painting a picture of two women but it may turn out to be a landscape." ~Willem de Kooning

Oh, I understand the feeling! :-D Learning to let go of my first vision & trust that what would come out at the end would be even better than that first vision was probably the hardest thing I've had to learn as an artist.

Even here, it all comes down to trust. Who knew? :-D

BB & GF, all! :-)

Natasha said...

Bird - I'm right there with you. Trust ...that's a hard concept for me which is why I thought it would be cool to throw down some color, grab some lines and listen to what's inside this week and just go with it...just give yourself permission to go with it you know...I'm looking to have fun and push myself...we'll see what happens

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

Where do you get these amazing ideas?! I'm excited for this week's project, but even more excited to have one more tool to add to my creative toolbox.

Something I've learned is when I'm really not liking a piece I'm working on, flip it upside down or sideways and try going from there. My compositions are often too expected the first way, and gain something fresher by flipping them.

I'm SO excited to see these creations!

Natasha said...

Amanda - we TOTALLY think started with dropping a piece I was working on ...I was like "OH S*(&^" but after I calmed down hahahaha I saw it on the floor I realized it was something else so it was a great mishap in the end LOL now I think doing something to change perspective is the way to go....the idea of compositions being too expected is Brilliant Amanda...I agree whole heartedly...I just never thought about it or put words to it that way...thanks rock!

Cidtalk said...

Oh my gosh. This is awesome. I haven't participated in a while and this is the inspiration I needed. :)

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I have NO idea what I'm going to do with this! But it should be fun if I come up with something :)

teri said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I think I will try this weeks challenge. Where can I go to see some of the previous submissions (interested in the RED challenge).

Natasha said...

Cidtalk - how are YOU??!! It's been WAY to long you even know how psyched I am to see you and know you are going to play?? What's new? Can't wait to see what you create!!

Rose Works Jewelry - SOOO excited to see what you create and I KNOW you will create something awesome...YAY!!!!!

Natasha said...

teri - welcome!!! How are you? It's great to have you here :) I'm so excited that you are going to participate in this challenge ...we are having a Mini-Monthly on Monday which is a showcase of the work that artists come up with for old challenges or that they were working on but didn't get to finish...
Scroll down to the previous post for info and to see the Red challenge scroll down or click this link

Great to have you here :)

teri said...

thank you for the warm welcome.
when i go to the link you sited, i see your invite for the red challenge and there are three (I THINK)beautiful photos but no other red art things. Am I missing something? The photos are wonderful but I think they are posted by you as inspirations, not submissions for the challenge. Someone had said the were going to create something from red yarn ...

Natasha said...

Teri - so sorry about that LOL...I was totally is the link to see the submissions from that week

teri said...

thank you ... that was what I was talking about. Fun stuff with the red theme.
I will try to play around with your challenge.
Have a great weekend

Natasha said...

Teri - I'm so glad I could help...sorry for the initial confusion..wasn't the red great? All the artists here are wonderful, funny, inspiring...the work created never ceases to amaze many beautiful creations from one's magic and I'm simply thrilled that you are jumping in....remember enjoy, have fun and play :)

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

I'll be away for a while. I was packing today and guess what we witnessed? A masterpiece in the sky -I do want to share such miracle, such blessing.

Have a great summer everyone :)