The dual prompts for the Documented Life Project this week were Colour Wheel and a quotation from Georgia O’Keeffe: “I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way”. When prompts lean towards the broad and vague, it can be hard to know where to start. There are so many options and possibilities that it becomes hard to narrow the focus to one idea and thus inspiration is in short supply. The beauty of such open-ended prompts, however, is that every member of the group is bound to have their own unique take on the prompt(s) and put their own individual spin on it. Once inspiration comes knocking, each person is free to run with it and see what emerges on the blank page.
Recently it has rarely been the case that I have created my prompt response so early in the week. Finding time is my major artistic challenge right now. Today, however, I happened to have my monthly Art Journal MeetUp group so I was presented with a wonderful opportunity to get the page done. We meet at a coffee shop so travel art supplies to hand and hot chocolate to mouth (because I don’t drink coffee) I set about creating my page.
My 7 year old and I have been cutting out shapes to use in our art journaling. The O’Keeffe quotation inspired me to include a repeated shape on the page and one of the shapes I have is a matryoshka doll. Each matryoshka doll could, therefore, represent a different wedge on the colour wheel. I used watercolour, pencil and pen to create my spectrum of matryoshka. This is actually the second time I have created a journal page based around matryoshka. I don’t know why I am so drawn to that shape or idea. Answers on a postcard.
Although I had plenty of negative space on my page, I did not have a great deal of free space. I, therefore, focused the O’Keeffe quotation down to the most relevant part and used pen to add it to the bottom of my page.