Friday, June 15, 2012

Seeking Balance

"Glimmer I", mixed meda, 40"x30", ©2012 Cat Tesla
I was dreaming of a train ride when my husband nudged me awake on the way to an art show in Indianapolis. The next thing I knew the song "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" from the 1960's movie of the same name played in my mind over and over. The song was stuck in my head. I couldn't get it to stop! 

Thankfully I remembered a tip from a friend to sing the theme song from the hit sitcom "Green Acres" anytime you need to rid yourself of a song stuck in your head. Once I got to the line "Darling I love you, but give me Park Avenue. . .", my head cleared. Balance was restored. (Try it sometime - it really works!)

I find that many times our lives are about finding a balance. Balancing the serious with humor, the work with the play, the difficulties with the ease. As an artist I like to play with symmetrical and asymmetrical balance. Symmetrical balance is just what it sounds like:  both sides of the artwork look very similar and may even be mirror images, while asymmetrical balance often has something different on the left and right sides of the painting but the visual weight is the same. You can see examples of both in my "Outside of the Box" mixed media series.

I'm happy to be back in the studio after a busy spring show schedule. I hope you'll be sure to balance out your obligations with plenty of rest and happy times with family and friends. Here's to a great summer!