Humor is a wonderful antidote for stress, a delightful way to release bottled-up emotions and ultimately change your perceptions. Some people are natural comedians, while others may find themselves stifled in this department.
I grew-up in an environment where thinking differently was frowned on and poking fun at something was not tolerated, so my humorist outlook on life crept into my art. I didn’t like drawing something the way others saw it, but rather the way my mind liked to twist and reform it. My art became my haven—a place where I could find solace, safety, and express myself.
After many years of playing with the edge in this manner, now I rarely see just a tree or just a dispenser for the dog dropping bags. I see dancing elephants, characters with outstretched tongues, and horse heads in trees. This was a constant source of entertainment when I was a child, and as you can see from the picture above, it continues to be part of my daily life.
If you would like to break out of a mold and explore new horizons in your mind, I suggest you explore some of the ICWIB activities. The one I would like to suggest today is called “What Do You See?” The process is very simple, but the outcome can be quite grand.
- Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.
- After the third deep breath allow your non-dominant hand to scribble whatever it wants.
- When you feel done with the scribbling, open your eyes and see what images you can see in the scribbles.
- Remember to turn your paper all four ways because you might find additional images if you turn your paper upside down or sideways.
- When you see something you can outline it with a different color or additional lines to make the image more prominent or color it in.
- This activity is a great way to increase your observational skills, release stress and entertain yourself.
If you enjoyed this activity, I invite you to explore some more of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE.
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