I was enrolled in an advanced art course entitled ‘Color & Design Theory ‘. We were required to complete projects in designated mediums throughout the semester, further illustrating contrast color theory. With an emphasis on “contrast”, I was exposed to a variety of mediums of which I was not familiar, nor comfortable. I had already practiced and developed my own style with which I had become quite confident. These assignments forced me to express myself in ways I would have otherwise never chosen.
I lacked control. Applying washes and hot waxes to porous canvases that bled beyond the concise lines designated by the graphic designer. The Artist was not permitted to determine the outcome as much as the medium. Each critique was a blow to my ego as I apologetically presented my projects not produced in my familiar craft. I felt raw and exploited, representing myself in an unexplored format like an exposed nerve ending subject to pain. This was hardest to share.
Showcased pieces from my portfolio displayed in our home decades later, are a testimonial to the exhaustive, cathartic experience. Portrayals of myself in materials I otherwise never would have explored. I surprised myself by pressing beyond the predicted boundaries where I could shine with confidence. Dividing myself between my professional practice and my personal artistic expression, I am taking risks to utilize a medium with which I have little experience or desire, in order to share my knowledge. I needed to learn a new technique. “Wordless Wednesday” assignments were a more familiar way to symbolize abstract thoughts and feelings in a visual way. “Wordle” is an expressive tool and for me, the most enjoyable exercise to experiment with both design and technology, yielding infinite possibilities!
Writing every day is a discipline. This HAWMC daily commitment broadened my realm by introducing me to others who use technology and networks to communicate their skills. I admire these people and now know that I may participate in many other ways, while still retaining the integrity of my own knowledge and style. Integrating different techniques as a means to contribute forced that square peg into a round hole, ultimately inaugurating my blog with variety and color. Upon this established foundation, I am privileged to promote my mission as a Health Activist.