May 18, 2023

Hello Rick and Maria,

Welcome to Day 08 of Bijou's Be Well Bundle video series!

Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” - Brené Brown

Gotta have opposites, light and dark and dark and light, in painting. It’s like in life. Gotta have a little sadness once in awhile so you know when the good times come. I'm waiting on the good times now.” ― Bob Ross

Bijou talks a lot about how much he enjoys the shade. It is his happy place. He explains that though he loves a wet, cloudy day the most, he also finds beauty in the sunshine. He believes that there is so much value in the contrast of life. We recognize emotions, experiences and thoughts based on contrast. For instance, with food, a little bit of sweetness after a savory meal is a decadent treat. A cold plunge in a lake on a hot day feels invigorating, and the quietness of the country after time spent in the city can be a soothing symphony. The contrast of life is what makes it all flow. It keeps things interesting. It allows us to have perspective and passion. It is how we sense things physically and feel things emotionally.

As we create with patterns, we work with basic tangles and sometimes more complex ones. We combine tangles with inky blocks of color alongside ones with textured fine lines. These approaches create contrast in our work, but the real magic comes in the shading. When we add graphite and chalk to our tangles, we open up amazing opportunities to illuminate our work with light and shadow. Dark bits of graphite that melt into the paper gradually fading to the starkness of the not shaded, sculpt the tangles and create an illusion of dimension. Added white chalk can exaggerate highlights and create sparkle. Shading is all about the contrast.

So as Bijou warmly suggests ... today we invite you to ... enjoy the shade.

Be well, be you,


Bijou's Be Well Bundle - Day 08

The videos in the Bijou's Be Well Bundle series will be released every day through May 31, 2023. You can view all of the videos in this series here (after their release).

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