Painting - Searching For Inspiration

Painting a beautiful picture, be it a landscape, inanimate object or a portrait, can sometimes comes naturally to us, whilst at other times, we struggle to find the inspiration for our painting, the desire is there but we are looking for something to kick-start our creativity.

Indecision can be highly frustrating part of the painting process, so it is important that we look around us and learn how to become inspired by our own surroundings. If we are sat in an office all day with no view from the window and we are sat under artificial lights with minimal daylight creeping in, then no wonder we feel less inspired.

Painting Scenery

However if we are fortunate enough to have a good view of some interesting scenery, then take a few moments to absorb that scenery, become a part of it. If there are trees outside, notice how they sway in the breeze. Observe the mottled green hues and the shape of their leaves. If there are different trees around, note those differences. Think how it would feel to paint their rough and gnarled trunks. Think about how you would place them within your painting.

As artists we need to hone our observation skills so that we become adept at recording images in our minds eye and then we have to interpret that data with the paints that we use. We are artists and artists visually translate the world around us for others to interpret and enjoy.

If we see a tower block, we should look at the colour of the stone, the shape of the windows, are there balconies? How would the tower block look silhouetted against the red evening sky, no longer a dull subject to paint but a startling transformation of brick and mortar into a work of art?

There is so much to inspire us, we simply need to open our eyes and truly view our surroundings. Once we have our subject, we need to look at how to relay that to those who may view the finished painting.

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