1. the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance.
2. the distinctive character or quality of something: the texture of life in America.
|I love to collect photos of interesting textures when I am out and about.|
As an artist you learn about the elements of art in your studies. Texture is one of those elements. So as I began to look into this month’s art prompt, it was a natural starting place. In visual arts texture is the perceived surface quality of the piece of art. It is an impression of tactile texture. So naturally this is the place I would start when looking at an art prompt… However, as I began to think abut this month’s prompt I became curious about what texture means in my life. I began thinking about the texture of emotions. This is perhaps a bit more abstract subject, however, I am very interested in how and where art and mindfulness intersect.
|Creating texture with reclaimed paint from one of our women’s circles creative prompts.|
“What would happen if, rather than viewing our emotional experiences as an indication of who we are, we considered our emotional experiences as simply contributing an essential texture to our life? Texture offers versatility (or consistency) to our sensory experiences through art, design, food, sound, etc. In the same way sensory texture provides depth, dimension, novelty and interest, emotional texture may offer deeper meaning, greater capacity, unique opportunities and create a sense of intrigue and mystery.”
|I really love the texture of wool!|
Try this exercise:
- List as many textures as you can think of (soft, rough, prickly, fluffy…)
- Now list as many emotions as you can think of (depression, anxiety, joy, excitement…)
- Now begin to create associations between your two lists (What does anxiety feel like? Joy?…)
|This month I had fun playing with creating texture in my paint. I used Soft Body Acrylic paints from Liquitex.|