Remember the new studio I was planning a few months ago...? Well the builders have been here for the best part of three weeks and I'm delighted to say that within the next few days all the work should be finished and I will be able to take up residence, not to mention cook a meal since I've also been without a kitchen for ten days.
It's been really interesting to watch the transformation take place...sometimes seeming like nothing much is happening and sometimes a whole flurry of activity at once (you can follow some of the developments over on my blog if you'd like to). The bit that got me most excited though was the simple act of putting some paint on the walls because suddenly it sprang to life and I could see my vision really start to take shape.
And this is the colour I picked...It's called "Tadpole' but it's not like any tadpole I ever caught - maybe it's a Disney frog prince tadpole!
Green is my favourite colour - I know this because of the 72 items in my jewellery shop at the moment 31 of them are predominantly green but, when it comes to painting walls I tend to go neutral and accent with colour in soft furnishings and the like. For this creative space however, I decided that a bolder statement was needed and although I pretty much knew that green would be it, it still took forever picking a shade. Happily I love it and it makes me smile every time I walk in the room even though at the moment it's an empty space.
And then a curious thing happened...I was killing some time online looking for I don't know what when I stumbled across an article from 2012 about the effect of the colour green. It appears that because of its prevalence in nature we associate green with growth and development and thinking about those things has been shown to spur our desire for self-improvement and mastering tasks. During a study in Germany, people were asked to complete a short creativity test online which included different coloured log in screens and when this screen was green participants scored 20% higher ( full article here). It appears that looking at something green even if only for a very short time boosts creativity.
Well needless to say I'm rather pleased about this - I'll take anything (legal) that can increase my creativity and if looking at it briefly can do that just imagine was being surrounded by it could do!
Did I mention green was my favourite colour...well of course I had to take myself off on a little journey of green discovery too and so I've put together an Etsy treasury (just click on the picture) featuring some gorgeous art bead greenness for your delectation which I hope you enjoy but, if that doesn't inspire you maybe a trip to the nearest paint store will help...!
The Gossiping Goddess