Life is jammed with detail, color, reactions, music, noise–both visual and felt. I’ve been working on ways to re-write the past in a way that lightens the darks and fades the shadows. Could I do the same thing visually?
Today was a day of too-saturated color, too much high dudgeon, too vivid emotions. Dramatic clients, fierce news, people shrilling for attention, credibility, everyone demanding to be heard and admired.
At the end of the day I was exhausted without having done any heavy lifting. So I decided to draw some cheerful flowers. Poppies are always cheerful, breezy. But the colors were too much, too bright, too assertive on my retina’s rods and cones. (Rods distinguish light; cones distinguish color. There are more rods, but they are not as sensitive as cones.)
Looking for another way to tone my day down, I did the equivalent with drawing. Using my monotone gray Art Graf Stix, I drew the poppies, using shades of gray and black. I added very faint touches of red-orange and blue-red. Just a touch.
The final effect is light and airy without too much burden of color or detail. For right now, that suits me perfectly. Tomorrow may be different.
––Quinn McDonald is a writer who likes to explore the drawing side of writing from time to time.
6 thoughts on “Light on the Intensity”
I’m concerned that a strong blast might remove the petals but there is plenty of space for more good things to grow.
Making room for things to grow is a good thing!
Beautiful way to cope, Quinn, the gentle-ing of your day through art. Reminds me of how I often wear grey at times like that, or wrap myself in a soft grey sweater or wrap to counteract the world’s red glare…
Gray reminds me of rain, which we treasure and don’t get much of. But I love your responses to nurturing yourself with gray.
very much a note on how to heal self without hurting others. Thanks, Quinn.
Healing happens when no harm is done all the way around. Growth can be discovered, and nurtured.