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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Fixing a Creative Problem

Have you ever created a project, and although it looked, well, okay, you just didn't like it? Something about it just bothered you to the point that you put it away, not quite ready to trash it, but not quite knowing how to fix it?
I created a mixed media canvas for the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog a few years back, using an Ike's Art image called Robot 2. Here it is BELOW:

It's nice, but it bothered me. I didn't hang it up with the rest of my canvases; I put it in a pile of my non-favorites, where it collected dust...until the quarantine, when I suddenly had the time to do a thorough cleaning out of every nook and cranny in my house. I have found so many things I never knew I still had!! And you should see the pile of donation bags stacked up in the basement, waiting for the thrift stores and schools to reopen so I can get them out of the house...
Anyway, I found this original canvas and decided NOW was the time to pitch it or fix it. And I fixed it. Here's the new and improved canvas,with a few tweaks here and there. It went from a 6x6 foam board canvas to a 12x12 stretched canvas.
I think my colors are more cohesive, and my words are more clearly portrayed. I have several "triangles" of color that lead the eye across the canvas to take in the full picture, and more layers and texture.
This year I am focusing on Balance in my life-in my health, my creativity, my finances, my social relationships (what are those, huh?), my family, new experiences, travel, etc. I have made huge inroads in de-cluttering my house and organizing my crafts, as well as experimenting with new art techniques and media. I've also got another 2 months before my physical so I continue to MOVE IT and lose some weight while keeping my A1C and cholesterol numbers down.
Balance is my mantra, every day, every way. As my canvas advocates, Balance is the Key to Everything...
Challenges I am Entering:
Bleeding Art - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Ike's World - Anything Goes w/optional Paper Piecing


Lori m said...

Fabulous canvas, so detailed, beautiful, thank you for playing along over at IKE's World Challenges, hugs, Lori m

Borqna said...

Happy Easter wishes!
Lovely art-work pieces!
Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges.

Mia said...

Beautiful! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Ike’s world with this lovely creation. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Designer for Ike’s world {My Blog} said...

The message behind this is just heartwarming!! I love your creativity! Thank you for joining us at Bleeding Art Challenge Blog this month. Bleeding Art DT - Jess

ike said...

That's amazing. I like both versions but the words on the new one are really uplifting :-)
Thank you for using one of my images and thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges.

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