White Space

“White space is what you need, Leslie.”  I heard and understood exactly what she meant.

Aspens and a hidden bird

I need to create places in my life that are not cluttered.  Not set.  So I can, what?  Sit a spell.  Hard for me to do.  How about you?

I looked up the definition of white space:

In page layoutillustration and sculpturewhite space is often referred to as negative space. It is the portion of a page left unmarked: the space between graphics, margins,gutters, space between columns, space between lines of type or figures and objects drawn or depicted. 

Ahhh…unmarked spaces.  That is definitely what I need.

The term arises from graphic design practice, where printing processes generally use white paper. White space should not be considered merely ‘blank’ space — it is an important element of design which enables the objects in it to exist at all, the balance between positive (or non-white) and the use of negative spaces is key to aesthetic composition.

I like that too.  It is an important element of design.  I think the Creator designed us to have white space.  Time to sit with Him.  Time to not be productive with our hands.  What does that look like? I am really not sure, but I want to practice that this summer.  Wanna join me?

Butterflies enjoying white space

 When space is at a premium, such as some types of magazine, newspaper, and yellow pages advertising, white space is limited in order to get as much vital information on to the page as possible. A page crammed full of text or graphics with very little white space runs the risk of appearing busy, cluttered, and is typically difficult to read. 

When my life has no white space it also runs the risk of appearing busy, cluttered and is difficult!

Judicious use of white space can give a page a classic, elegant, or rich appearance. For example, upscale brands often use ad layouts with little text and a lot of white space. 

I love that idea of judicious use of white space.  That is what I am going for this summer.  I want to be an upscale brand with little text and lots of white space.

So for right now, I am trying to say no to things.  Trying to schedule in time to rest.  Time to think.  Time to write and read.  I really want to learn how to sit and rest and not do.  Like a good friend says, “We are human BEINGS not human DOINGS.”

So, white space here I come!  White space = SURSEE for me this summer.


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