Category Archives: Art and Creativity

Work in Progress

Work in Progress by Anne Gaal of

Hello! As 2013 draws to a close and 2014 is about to begin, I am reflecting on what a work-in-progress I am. I’ve been enjoying looking back at where I’ve been, truly savoring the experience of where I am right now, and looking forward to where I want to go next.

I haven’t had much time for art lately, since I have been studying coaching and devoting a lot of time to my studies. I just started this circular canvas and I am so excited by it.

It is 30 inches across – almost as large as a dining table! I love how the edges curve, too. It is soooo cool that it nearly makes me drool!

I am putting a Sri Yantra design on it. The Sri Yantra represents dualities, like the masculine and the feminine, the heavenly and the earthly, the spiritual and the material, the mental and the physical, and so on.

I’ve always liked geometric designs. And I’m finding that the pattern reminds me a bit of the quilts that my grandmother used to make. I’m so glad that I started this piece!

What about you? What are you working on?

I’d love to hear about your works-in-progress … whether it is something you’re studying (like me!) or your artwork or anything under the sun. What are you excited about? What are you doing that makes you so happy you almost want to drool?

Wednesday Wisdom: Patrick Rothfuss

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”

~ Patrick Rothfuss

Do you see colors the way an artist does?

Hi there! Today I’d like to share some YouTube videos with you about color. Have you ever really thought about colors? Whether we all experience them the same way? Whether the blue that you see is the same blue that I see? Follow me down the Color Rabbit Hole that I fell into!

Let’s start here … with this 4 minute video. It explains how our eyes “see” colors.
(But, for the record, I do NOT agree that birds are creepy!)

  • Were you able to spot the one green square that was different?
  • Before he said the answer?
  • Have you ever paid attention to the color of the light at different times of day?

That video led me to this next video … a bit longer … around 10 minutes (but it’s mainly the first 5:10 that are about color). It gets a little bit theoretical and will really bend your brain – about how color is an illusion. Isn’t that amazing? That we “create” colors inside our heads? And, if color is an illusion – that means that visual artists are illusionists! Double cool!

I love the way Vsauce ends his video – stay curious!

  • Have you ever known anyone with color blindness?
  • Or who was completely blind?
  • Have you ever tried to describe color to someone who can’t see them and never has?

The second video led me to this third video (2:40) by Tommy Edison, which really blows my mind, because I am sooooooo color oriented. I live color. I breathe color. I color code things. I spend a lot, lot, LOT of time thinking about color. I so appreciate Tommy Edison sharing his experience of “color” from his point of view as a person who is blind.

Click here to watch the third video (embedding disabled at YouTube).

O*M*G! It totally blows my mind to imagine what it might be like to NOT have experienced color! As a visual artist, I am soooo visually oriented and I adore color. May I never NOT be able to see colors!

What artsy rabbit holes have you fallen into lately?
Do you adore color too?

Please leave me a comment and tell me all about it! I love hearing from you! ♥
And stay curious!