Y2 Art Resolution #3:Mulligans

When you read about innovation or even look at what’s new in the marketplace, it’s often repackaged ideas. Variations on a theme. Purists may be looking for the Pulitzer but the world leaves and breathes the new life we give to old ideas.

Even using traditional methods, I’ve learned a wayward art study can be groomed for a second chance. Digital tools have added an even broader, easier and beautiful way to do this, too. Those of you who follow this blog have been witness to my ongoing experiments.

After a hiatus of a few months from my Tayasui program, I came back to find they had updated the program. From my first use, it seems they’ve taken away tools and functionality. But it’s still a good tool. I pulled up an old study to rework.

In the original, I scanned a cloth I’d dyed and used the digital tools to draw the tree over it. In the reimagining, I layered a white translucent watercolor over the background and then brought back subtle patches of pastels in the background. I have come to appreciate what the exercise does for showing me what happens when we direct the focus of the viewer in a different way. I find myself thinking about what that means in life. The art of living is very much about choosing what to focus on and letting the minutiae go . . .yes?

imageSketches tree with white overlay


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Y2 Art Resolution #3:Mulligans

  1. Chas Spain says:

    Great experiment. Beautiful effects

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