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.
Also in a recent interview Dr. Bruce Lipton said, “…Freedom is the ability to create without the limitation of generational programming. The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Program is a gateway and a pathway into a new and better future because it allows children to fully express themselves and to not be limited by the beliefs that have been passed down from generation to generation. This program also frees up children’s minds and allows their creative nature to create a better world for all of us, which is what we need right now!…”
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