I love color-especially red! The brighter the better! I’m a little ‘chicken’ to use bright, bold color in upholstery, wrap my hips in it or wear it on my lips. In my mind. . . . .I see it and love it! Why is that a problem? It shouldn’t be. There is a crazy idea that lands in my head sometimes as I jump from one creative project to the next. I suppose you could call it a challenge or pushing myself out of the comfort zone. Where do we get these troublesome, mind-stretching ideas from? Can we blame our feeble old elementary teachers who tried to pry open our little minds. I don’t recall my on-the-farm, Minnesota parents having much time for creative ideas so they are safe from blame. My artsy friends are always talking about stretching themselves-let’s blame them!
The big challenge I’ve given myself is to lay all color aside-just for today. It hurts but I’m staying with it. The eye sees new elements when color steps aside: shape, texture, intensity. Even the element of emotion is portrayed differently. What is warm and soothing in color can look stark and forlorn when color is gone. . .or simply crisp.
These photos are from my collection called, ‘RedBarn Neighborhood’. Honestly, I’m moving past uncomfortable and having a little fun experimenting in black and white and a little brown. Causing a recent photo to look old and vintage by creating a grainy look? That’s fun too!