White Space

Washington / July 31, 2012 / by Chris
White Space

I have long enjoyed the work of watercolor artist Chris Holmes. His work is both beautiful and reflective of the communities in which he paints. One of my favorite things about Chris' work is his use of white space - he can accomplish almost as much with the negative space in his artwork as he does with the beautiful colors. What makes this truly incredible is that, in the watercolor medium, you can't just paint white space after the fact; you have to plan it from the start, and then paint around that.

Chris wrote a great article on how this philosophy of creating white space translates into creating 'white space' in our lives - intentional rest times that we create to keep our lives from becoming chaotic mess, like a painting with too many colors. Finding 'white space' on the bus is difficult - even when we reach a point where taking a break from work feels like it won't be extremely detrimental (which is rare), we still live and work in a very tiny space. It often means taking a walk outside the bus, or purposefully setting time to read, write, knit, or otherwise do something that is unrelated to the business of Bus 52. It isn't always easy, but taking the time to take ourselves away helps us come at our work with new clarity and energy. If you don't have any 'white space' in your life right now, I hope you will take time to make some!

To find out more about Chris Holmes' watercolors, visit his blog: Watercolors by Chris Holmes