Collectif Creativity: 26Dec2022

By Yvonne Callaway

I’m coming out of a dry period, so challenged myself with a 24 x 36 inch canvas – no need to take things slow!

My intention was to create a sister work for 421 Cornered II from September 2021.

I worked with similar colours but an opposing motivation–I knew this work would be called Boundless.

This is an early draft:

There were many iterations to get here: shapes and colours added, removed, covered. It was getting close but was missing focus and WOW. I enlisted the help of artist and non-artist friends for comments.

  • I’ve turned my laptop this way & that & upside down & it looks very balanced to me. The eye travels around nicely from all viewpoints. I think if you outlined the circle, it would concentrate the eye a bit too much on the circle & it would not flow as well.
  • I love all the varied elements in this, & the colours. My eye stays within the plane & roams pleasingly around it. I really like the checkerboard on the left 🙂     
  • The pale circle is crying out to be the focal point. It doesn’t know why? It’s intriguing. It’s really pulling me in.                   
  • I think it’s wonderful! Outlining the white circle? Maybe…or maybe just the half against the yellow/green side.

I listened, reflected, then acted. Comments from artist peers can really help unclog the thinking. And this is the result.

Next up, a smaller third canvas(or three?) for the series.

Collectif clan, share your creative activities — no effort too small! Send JPG image(s) to with up to 100 words per image describing some or all of: what you did, materials used, inspiration, challenges, mindset, etc. Share how/if creativity affects (controls?) your life. Please include size (height by width), title & media for each image.

Writers – we want to hear from you! Send poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Try to include an image of some sort because that’s the media world we live in. 

Everyone, share informative, inspiring Show & Tell demonstrating the creative mind.


  1. Hi, Yvonne

    You aren’t asking for more comments; but as you’ve posted 431 Boundless, I’m assuming comments are acceptable. I like the way you toned down the white circle but the addition of the small black ones don’t work for me. My eye darts from one to the other to the other, and this prevents me from wanting to explore the rest of the painting which I enjoyed doing with the early draft.




    • I appreciate your time and thoughts, Ruth. I suggest you pop by for coffee some time and see the real work in situ. As one of my earlier commenters said a few days ago when she was here: “It looks very different ‘in real.'”


      • Thanks for the invite. I’ll try to get by before New Year’s. I’d like to see the “in real” painting. I think you had a lot of fun putting this together.




      • You know I did have fun. And also enjoying working on the 3rd in the series – smaller, but also stimulating (to me!)


  2. I love how this turned out. It is so vibrant! And I am glad you broke out of the dry period you were having. I look forward to seeing this work “in person”.


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