Today I’ve been thinking about an idea to find simple pleasures in our surroundings.
It’s so easy to get caught up in your worries of the future or pain from the past. I’m hoping that this project will help me and others take some time to really absorb what is around us. This is the brilliance of art therapy – taking moments to enjoy creating from what we have.
It’s a pretty accessible idea – using your camera phone to take pictures of objects or scenes with a particular colour. I’ve taken my phone around my home and local area to look for the colour blue and green. It’s interesting to find different textures and look for the details when you take a photo. You can look at things close up or broader images that incorporate your chosen colour.
Once you have a collection of photos you can use an app like Photo Grid to put them into a collage. You could even get them printed and make your own collage to hang in your home. It could make a lovely picture for a children’s nursery and you will have a constant reminder to check in with the moment and really see your surroundings.
Here’s some examples of the collage of images I created:
Another idea is to focus on textures and turn your photos to black and white. An example of this can be seen below.
The possibilities are endless but another idea could be to focus on a particular letter, like below I’ve looked fo the letter A
If you have older children then this is something you could get them to participate in – they could create their own artwork.
I really enjoyed doing this project – it helped distract myself from the negative thoughts. I hope you’re able to go out and get lost in your surroundings, while making some art.
Please leave a comment if you can and also a link to your artwork if you create one.