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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How I decide what to paint

Have you ever wondered how an artist chooses their subject? Me too. I mean, I struggle with it sometimes and I've wondered how other artists keep creating, keep finding inspiration. For me, I usually find inspiration in places I've traveled to; fresh scenery that sparks my imagination. Or, perhaps it's in something that recalls a happy/meaningful/contented time in my life. Something with an emotional response.

But what about the times I get stuck? When nothing excites the creative process? Then what? That's when I need to step back and get away from the canvas for awhile; get out into nature with my camera , take a bike ride, or just go hiking in the woods. Sometimes, it means doing a different type of art, like crafting. Still creative just different. And when all else fails, I look at art created by some of my favorite artists. I pour over their paintings and details and just absorb.

Then hopefully, one of those activities will spark something, strike a chord somewhere deep inside and I can pick up the paintbrush again and lose myself in my art.

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