Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Challenges and My Stare of Mind


This week's Diva's Challenge is working with negative space. I have seen lots of interpretations of this in the works submitted by other artists that you can find here. I love using words in my art so it may not surprise you that I'm using words here.. The following piece was done about a year ago for a group on Facebook that I belong to called Doodle Tuesday.


I love how the word doodle pops in this. 

So for my challenge piece, I went with the word, 'breathe' and a single pattern, Harfe. I used an ink wash to shade and used a colored pencil to add a bit of shadow.

I think it's interesting that my art challenge pieces all have a same theme lately. Let me show you. Yesterday's #creativechallengegonewild for me was this...


And today's Let's Sketch It piece today is this...


I think the fact that my son got his driver's license yesterday, my middle child is starting high school, and my youngest starting middle school...and a few other life issues are telling me to breathe, calm down, and if you can't , throw a fit!!  It really has been a tough year for my family this year, but art has kept me sane, kept me grounded. What keeps you calm and grounded?



12 comments:

  1. I really enjoy seeing all of your work, Yukari! That top one is so calming just to look at. You will need to remember to breathe and stay calm with a teenager out on the roads :)

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    1. Jean, I'm really trying. He is a great driver.. But still.. 😊

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  2. You've made the whole piece peaceful and enjoyable with the word breathe. It has its own calming quality. Sarah.

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    1. Thank you Sarah! This has been my mantra lately!

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  3. I love the doodle one, Angelcake. When I look at it I hear calliopes :) . I must admit though, on laundry day, I feel the "I can't even" ! I'm a generally calm person. A panic attack on occasion revs me up a little.
    Deedles

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  4. Great work all of them! Lovely diva tile and the one with Doodle is really wonderful - great contrast and shading and the word really pops out of the heart :-)

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  5. Fun word spaces!! Nice job!! Sorry your life has been hard this past year!! (the last couple have been tough for me too :) ) Breathing, gratitude, meditation - those are some of my ways. Fun images!! :)

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/08/my-diva-sandy-hunter-plus-minus-challenge

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  6. Je trouve intéressante cette idée de tangler autour de mots. J'aime beaucoup !

    I find interesting this idea to tangle around words. I like very much!

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  7. I love your thoughts on the negative space theme, and love your artwork expressing daily stress and suggesting yoga as a way to deal with that. I love in yoga how they describe the pause - like a negative space - at the bottom of each exhalation. That can represent a kind of break from all the "going on" parts of our lives, and while empty, can add to our well being. Love your works and your thoughts this week!

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  8. A lot of beautiful art! I love the tile for this week's challenge. I think tangling calms me most, but also being in nature or music.

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  9. All are very lovely! Especially I like the first one ... it´s wonderful and very harmonious!

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