When I was a child, the best thing that we ever got as presents were colouring books. We always got new crayons and books at Christmas time, and we would spend hours colouring away. There was a point at which the figure would be coloured and you tried to keep colouring inside the lines so that it would be perfect. But, for me, there was always that leftover "negative" space, outside the lines, that lay there, flat and thirsty for colour, so I always coloured that in as well. I went through my crayons a lot faster because of this, and the fact that I coloured hard--I wanted the colour saturation--compared to my sister that coloured lightly, and neatly, between the lines. I always added lines and patterns outside the picture to add some interest--zig zags, circles, circles within circles.
The best book I ever got was one that had watercolours infused into the lines, so all you had to do was use a wet brush to colour in the picture. It was a good idea, but in a sense, I felt a bit let down because there was never enough colour to saturate the page into the colours that my soul deeply yearned for.
Now, with my art, I have been finding that I am colouring "inside" the lines. What I mean by this is that I havent been exploring other avenues of my art. I have given myself too many "rules" to go by. I have put too many limitations on myself. I usually use the same few supplies and similar patterns. It's time I started to colour outside the lines again, like I did when I was a child. I am yearning for the deep, jewel encrusted colour saturation that my senses yearn for.
Patterns are fine, in and of themselves, because they can give you a sense of something you cant get with a colour. BUT there is something unrealistically beautiful in adding deep colour to those lines that makes it speak to you on a whole other level. I need more colour. I need to use different colour combinations, ones that push my limits of what I like and perhaps they will give me what I need!
I usually go for certain types of colour, and dont saturate with it, I go lightly with it for the most part. But now, I am feeling the need to use other colours, ones I would never go for--like Christmas red, brilliant yellow, apple green, and hot pink. Usually I stick more to cranberry red, ochre yellow, lime green, and magenta.
I think it's important for us, as artists, to do something a little different with our art, to go into an area where we dont feel comfortable and familiar, to tap into parts of us that might have something different to express or say through our art.
My usual mediums are inktense blocks and black fineliners. The colours I use the most have big dents from using them, there are other colours there that still have the word stamp on them, because I dont use them! I use similar patterns like swirls, spirals, dots, and lines. But now, I am reaching into a different place and I am breaking out the other stuff that I have. I have drawers full of art supplies: inks, markers, pencil crayons, crayons, coloured fineliners, watercolours and pencils, acrylic paints, jelly roll pens, glitter glue, glitter pens--you get the picture! And the markers that I usually go for (rarely now) are dried out and used up, while there are other markers there that I am sure have never had their lids off.
It is my goal this week to start down another avenue--another path--to see what lays along that way that I might learn something from. It's sort of scary for me. To break the mold that I have been working in, living in, to find different ways of expression.
I am reteaching myself to take the plunge, use up my crayons, and colour outside the lines.
Love Rook xo