Color the Emotion

Pick a few colors and create without stiffness.

Stop to See Your Inner World!

From Innovation to Experience, an art journal page by Peony and Parakeet

If you watched my recent video interview, you know that I love technology and innovations. People often say that technology is a tool. I do understand that phrase and agree with that to a certain point. But if I had to define technology, I would say that like art, it’s an experience. Whether I read about innovation in technology, or see an interesting artwork, I like to stop and think how I feel about it.

A sketch with a black pen, intuitive drawing by Peony and Parakeet

Now you might ask: “Why would I take any abstract concept or inanimate object and add emotion to it?”
My answer is: “Because that’s how you boost your imagination!”
When we see technology as a crowd in a concert or a tea cup as a gentle old lady, we will open the door to our inner world.

Intuitive drawing with colored pencils by Peony and Parakeet

Often it requires that we stop. Stop taking in universal generalizations, and start adding our associations. It does not mean that you should do it all the time, but in small moments, every day. Because like Terry Pratchett has said: “Humans need fantasy to be human.”

Making of an art journal page, by Peony and Parakeet

By drawing, we can work our fantasies so that they become insights. Instead of continuously searching inspiration from outside world, we can take time for processing information inside. When we integrate our past experiences with new ones, we can have an improved view of our life as a whole. As visual people, we can produce images that have that unified vision. These kind of holistic visions are almost impossible to express with words, that’s why they are called “the big picture.”

From Innovation to Experience, artwork with colored pencils by Peony and Parakeet

Sign up for Inspirational Drawing 2.0!
You will learn not only practical ways for processing inspirational material
but also how to let your subconscious take control.
Produce “the big pictures” of your experiences!
>> Sign up now!

10 thoughts on “Stop to See Your Inner World!

  1. From all corners of the page are “things” of different shapes and sizes and colors, each with an identity of its own which seem to influence an idea that has formed in the center. A strong fist appears to be bursting out from all the rest holding up an exciting, splashing new idea that radiates happiness. What a great “picture”of what you have described in your art lesson today.

  2. you are such an inspiration to me Pavi. This Inspirational drawing class looks awesome. I can only dream of being able to take it one day. (I am South African and with the exchange rate Rand to Dollar it would cost me about R1000.) I am going to put it on my wish list for “one day” . Thank you for your informative , interesting and always encouraging blogposts.

  3. Pavi, as usual, your beautiful work inspires me!! I’m interested in taking your class, however, I do have one question. I will be out of town during a good part of the month of June. Is this a class where I can work at my own pace or is it required that we be present during the time that the lessons are released? Does that make sense? Thanks!

    1. Hi Shannon, thanks for asking! You can work with your own pace, the only restrictions are that 1) you will get me answering to your questions and commenting your work during June and 2) the guaranteed access for downloading the course material to the end of July 2015. The access is most probably much longer, but you know there are a lot of courses that say “forever access” and then people get disappointed when the changes come along. So I try to not to promise something I cannot keep and thus I don’t say “forever” … Once you have downloaded the material you can access it from your computer when ever you want. Actually, many of my Finnish students made the same exercises again, as the exercises can lead to different result each time. So, yes, you can work with your own pace but it’s great if you can do an exercise or two during June and ask for feedback!

  4. Your words are just as inspirational as your paintings.Can’t wait to sign up for your class. I have the same questions as Shannon.

  5. Hi Paivi,
    I have missed your e-mail and finally one came through. You had a note that my emails were not getting through. That explains it. I will try and figure out what is going on at this end.
    Again, I absolutely love your work and you. I listened to your interview and was totally amazed by your desire to learn.
    I too was doing knitting and crocheting when I was young. I have taught quilting for almost 20 years and have some neat art quilts and crazy quilts. When I get my new phone I will send you some pictures of my works.
    I think my first love is embroidery and I did a lot of crew work and linen samplers that line my hallway.
    Thanks again for your beautiful art. I have spent most of my day looking through your blog.

    1. Nancy, thanks so much for your lovely comment! I love quilting and it probably shows in this artwork too! It would be great to see your work!

Comments are closed.

Scroll to top