Hello everyone. While the pandemic can be quite a stressful situation, I’ve been trying to find ways to relax and put my focus somewhere else. Recently my mom shared this beautiful quote from Pope Francis with me saying, “Architects and painters, sculptors and musicians, filmmakers and writers, photographers and poets, artists of every discipline, are called to shine beauty especially where darkness or gray dominates everyday life. They are the custodians of beauty, heralds and witnesses of hope for humanity.” I thought this was very inspiring to keep being creative as a way to brighten these difficult times. So, I started doing this amazing paint by number that my sister gifted me. It’s such a fun and relaxing way to just flow with the painting and take it easy without too much thought. It’s great to see it build up little by little and have it all come together.
I also found it a great way to think like the artist. This work being the Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, he was well known for his expressive works with dashes of different colors. Having this project be a paint by number allows me to paint a little like he would have and see the different colors come to life. I imagine the tiny spaces for different colors were similar to how he dashed on paint, especially since Van Gogh didn’t blend much. Van Gogh also focused a great deal on color and it being expressive, so for me, working color by color put me in the same headspace. It made me think about the colors he would have used and what it means to put one color against another to have it all come together as one complete work. Being a huge fan of Van Gogh makes this a very fun and enjoyable experience for me too.
I think we all need a little relaxation with this pandemic and the semester recently ending, and I think little projects like these are fun and easy to put our energy into. I’ve found it a great way to disconnect, especially from my phone and constantly checking things out, so this has been perfect to put all that aside and keep the creativity flowing. It’s a work in progress, but I’ll continue to relax and enjoy the process. I hope you can find a little relaxation during this crazy time and stay creative with projects like these.