Collectif Creativity: 20Aug2022

by Yvonne Callaway

I revel in saturated colour. Crave it.

So a recent self-challenge was to create a work in calmer, softer tones. I won’t go as far as to say pastel, but genuinely quieter.

It was like pulling teeth!

I was able to lay in the sky in subtle gradations of yellows, pinks and oranges, creating gentle excitement by juxtaposing tones. The “white” of the snow reflects those colours with contrasting shadows of chalky blue and lavender. Even the palette-knifed trees are muted.

426 Thaw. Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

But I kinda lost that calm with the river!

Back to the drawing board?

So many ways to be creative! Collectif members, share your challenges! Send JPG image(s) to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. What are you wrestling with creatively? Please include size (height by width), title & media for all images.  

Writers – we really want to hear from you too! Send poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Please try to include an illustration of some sort. 

Share informative, inspiring Show & Tell demonstrating the creative mind.


  1. Oh! I like this.
    And since you’ve titled this work “Thaw” I think you are right on. The sky is the absolutely perfect come-on Spring colour, the trees are starting to shed their snow covering, AND the river is wild with the snow melt. Perfect!


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