No matter what your word for the year is, it will have shadows and light spots, textures that feel smooth and right, and times it will feel rough and uncomfortable. To celebrate the amazing work of choosing a word for the year, here are some interesting textures and shadows.
This wonderfully detailed shot of round rocks has been white-washed. They are what the first homes were made from, sometimes with adobe and sometimes without.
Here is the whole house, showing a non-whitewashed side.
Isn’t this wonderful texture? i love the regularity of it.
It belongs to this palm tree. Neither a coconut nor a date palm, this one has what looks like pleated seeds. Lovely to look at, tough to pull out of a pool filter.
And finally, two beautiful shadows that can become edging patterns in a journal.
They were originally from a fence decoration popular in the 80s.
Notice everything. Live it. It’s the only 2013 you will get.
-–Quinn McDonald writes about the creative life from Phoenix, Arizona.
People often ask me where the inspiration for raw art comes from. For people who can’t draw, a repeating pattern, a fluid line, or an easy curve catches the eye and pleases the soul. Graffiti often captures that mood and spirit–strong, free, easy to like.
In one of the places I teach, there is a great strip of colorful, well-designed graffiti. You can See the start below.
A whole block of graffiti in Phoenix. © Quinn McDonald, 2010 All rights reserved.
I found the middle section intriguing. There is something familiar and artful in that piece.The colors are bright, the design strong. I like the graceful curves.
Part writing, part art, it's the perfect raw-art piece. © Quinn McDonald 2010
This is the section that looks most artful to me. What do you see? Is it an ‘e’? Is it sunrise over water? Is it an angel in a circle?
Floating pieces of sky. © Quinn McDonald, 2010
–Quinn McDonald is a writer and communications trainer. Her book on Raw-Art Journaling will be released by North Light in June of 2011.