Monday, September 2, 2013

Fun Monday Challenge #17 - Bravery is...

"Bravery is..." collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
This challenge came partly from Alison Fox's blog Art For Health, Julie M. Elman's Fear Project 
and the magazine BIG.

Alison says that everyone deals with some kind of fear, and gives us two examples of artists who get fear out of the mind/body and onto the page. She gives good reasons why making art helps, and also suggests some simple ways to use art as a way of shrinking fear and making it easier to face.  Very nice!  Thank you Alison!

Julie Elman illustrates other people's fears. She works with and from their words, trying to visualize how those fears might look.  She lets her intuition point the way, and then posts her pieces no matter what she feels about them. "It's a good way to get over any fears I have about the creative process.
Fear not, I keep telling myself. Fear not."  Take a look at her project, really neat!

Then there's issue 4 of BIG Kids Magazine, Into the Dark.  The magazine is all about Bravery, Imagination, and Generosity, BIG.  It features collaboration between big and little artists and is absolutely awesome.  Anyway, in issue 4, there's this art challenge about fear.  All of our fears live inside of our bodies, so why not create a portrait of your fears within a portrait of yourself?  For example, suppose you have a fear of the unknown?  What would it look like?  (maybe a murky monster?) and where would it live (maybe in your stomach?).  The cool thing they suggest as the next step is to help your fears go away by drawing new sweet little homes for them and an nice path from your body to the new home.  Cool, right?

But I was thinking as a general topic for a "Fun" Monday Challenge, maybe fear by itself is a little heavy and not what you would call fun.  So what if we started with moments of bravery, our own, or someone else's?  These moments would include fear but would also speak to facing fear, which of course I like a lot.  So here's the challenge, try any of the suggestions of ideas you find above if they sound like fun, or create a piece based on moments of bravery, your own or someone else's.  And appreciate the bravery you find in your work!

Have fun and as always feel free to share your work or play on Instagram by adding #14SecretsChallenge to your description, or by adding your photo to our Flickr pool.

1 comment:

Bill said...

I'm leaving a "fear" collage on Flickr. Your post inspired me to put it out there.