Bring it to the Canvas
Bring it to the canvas…or the lump of clay, or the paper, or to whatever medium in which you are working. Integrating opposites is something that artists routinely bring to their work. It provides for containment of ideas and emotional balance. All of this moves us away from black and white, polarized thinking and toward a more integrated look at our lives and the events that happen to us and around us. Some practical ways that artist do this in their work include playing with colors. Create a piece that involves a color you like and one you do not like, for example. This forces you to reconcile that conflict of positive and the negative emotion. One can also create work using light colors and dark colors or different shades and intensities of the same color. Not only does this create a harmonious whole for some beautiful artwork, it also creates a shift in our thinking. This is the power of artwork! Take some time today to bring it to the canvas! You may be surprised in the shift it creates in your mood and your thinking.