Continuing on with Monday’s thoughts, I’d like to share some observations on the similarities between life and design concepts.

One particular aspect of this is the creative element of contrast.  Our world is filled with contrast – light-dark, soft-hard, rough-smooth, sweet-sour, etc. as through the senses, life vibrates inwards. Life without contrast can be bland, tepid, boring, flat.

Flat Tyre

Life Can Be Flat

Of course too much contrast can leave us feeling quite the opposite.

Roller Coaster

Too Much Contrast

Therefore we need that other design element to counteract either ends of this scale and that is balance or harmony.

In Art, as in Life, we create harmony often through a counter-weighted balance of opposites.  Hence the term – ‘add a little spice to your life’.

In green paintings, a tiny splash or two of red (the complimentary or opposite colour to green) creates interest and life that would otherwise be lacking.

  • Where do you need more or less ‘spice in your life or art work?’
  • How might you use contrast to achieve this?

Pix Credits – The Morgue File – Life Can Be Flat, Too Much Contrast