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It has been WAY TOO LONG since I have been on here getting creative with you. I sincerely apologize for that. End of April through May wound up being a series of curve balls. After taking a solid week to get my feet back under me (and an AMAZING homeschool convention to get the fire burning back inside of me), I am back and ready to go.

Seems fitting to start back up with something simple. And, ironically, the next movement I had hoped to cover was Minimalism. It is an art movement that began in the late 50s to early 60s running through the 70s. In fact it is still going strong, moving past the art world and becoming a way of life for many now.

Minimalism focuses on the basics of art - color, line and shape. Many artworks focus on squares and rectangles, but curved lines and circles are found in others as well. The movement is a push back from Abstract Expressionism. In fact, the pictures are simply there for enjoyment. There is no hidden agenda to them, no secret meaning to the work. "What you see is what you see." Truly art in its simplest form.

I was not sure what to make. I figured I would use this time for fun, simple, relaxed play. I decided to use the time to play with colors and create a color chart - mixing paints & see what color we can create. It is important to do that. For starters, it is a great way to "play", and play can often get the juices flowing, especially when you are in a rut. It is also a great way to know what results you can get from mixing colors. This way you can create the colors exactly the way you want for your next masterpiece.

I hope you enjoy this project. And I cannot wait to see what you create from this project! Be sure to post your pics of your minimalist masterpieces. They don't have to be color charts, of course. Anything that brings you a simple joy would be wonderful! As always, be syre to let me know if you need any help. Happy arting, all!

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