Showing all Your Colors in Your Art
Everyone has many sides to their personality. If you are into spirituality and personal growth at all you will see terms like light and dark or light and shadow to represent those aspects. Everyone has those parts of themselves that they show to the world vs. other parts that they choose to keep to themselves. Every so often the shadow aspects of the persona make themselves known…when you get in an argument with your partner or let insecurities and fears run the show.
I see something in the art world, especially among the majority of women making art. And I am just as guilty of it as anyone else. Women especially love to make “pretty” art and there is nothing wrong with that. And I’m not saying that you should make dark art just for the sake of making it either. One thing I see that sets masculine artwork apart from that which women make is that men are less afraid to show their shadow sides in their art. Women on the other hand make pretty all the time and then wonder why their art might lack depth. And perhaps that is an overgeneralization, but the point is that it is totally safe and beautiful to explore different aspects of your persona in your artwork!
This weekend is the Autumn Equinox and my art is reflecting that by letting some dark moods show through. A great experiment is to make art even when you are feeling low or in a bad mood and let your visuals represent how you feel inside at that moment! The art process can be so healing when you let your full spectrum shine through your art.