Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Out with wellness, in with words

Okay, I thought Wellness Wednesdays would be a good idea, but I changed my mind. Here is part of my thought process on this: 1) It's very hard to think of new topics every week. 2) I don't want to bore people with whatever "tip" that only I think is awesome. and 3) I am obviously not a wellness authority. So, although I think being well physically and emotionally can only be a positive when it comes to creativity, I'll keep most of "my way" to myself (unless there is something that is just too good not to share!) and Wellness Wednesday will now become Word Wednesday. 
Why Word Wednesday? Well, words are big around our house. Mainly because my husband is an avid (and I mean AVID!) reader and a serious lover of words. We are constantly entertained by his creative use of words on a daily basis. Where one person can just very simply make a statement, he embellishes them and tries to fit a new word into an ordinary sentence, just to say that he used it. ( I wish I was clever enough to give you an example of this, but just trust me, it hilarious!) Anyway, he loves unusual words that may be found in short stories, books and poems. I, on the other hand, like simple words that make a big impact when they are put together in a creative way- think song lyrics, inspirational quotes or just a really clever line from a movie.
And even though I'm not a huge fan of words or text in art work, I think if it's done thoughtfully and creatively and not too obviously, it works. In a previous post, I mentioned having some new ideas to play around with in my paintings and fiber pieces. Including text is one of those ideas. I've just begun experimenting with it and I think it could be good. And I'm having a lot of fun with it, which is always a good thing, right?! You can see an example of this in my previous post by clicking here.
And here are a few examples of text-based art work that I've always liked:

Roy Lichtenstein's Drowning Girl, 1963

Robert Rauschenberg's Canyon, 1959

Jasper Johns' Fragment of a Letter, 2010

And finally,  I'll leave you on this Wednesday with the word of the day: FROLIC
 frol·ic  (frlk)
1. Gaiety; merriment: fun and frolic.
2. A gay, carefree time.
3. A playful antic.
intr.v. frol·icked, frol·ick·ing, frol·ics
1. To behave playfully and uninhibitedly; romp.
2. To engage in merrymaking, joking, or teasing.
adj. Archaic
Frolic- it's a good thing!   Juli


  1. I like "Wordy Wednesday" also every Wendesday you get to sit with two other teachers and swap words for like an HOUR! ha!