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The Basics of Abstract Art What Its All About

May 13th, 2020

What is abstract art, what is it all about and why did this artistic expression gain so much
prominence in the 20 th century? Discover the basics of abstract art today.


“Abstract art is uniquely modern. It is a fundamentally romantic response to modern life –

rebellious, individualistic, unconventional, sensitive, irritable.”

~ Robert Motherwell, American abstract expressionist painter


Where abstract art is concerned, there are two main questions that are often asked, ‘When
did abstract art begin?’ and ‘Who began this art genre?’ Russian artist Wassily Kandisky
(1866-1944) has been credited as the founder of abstract art. In America, the Abstract
Expressionism movement got its start after the Second World War in New York City.
However, European artists had already adopted the artistic form as early as the 1900s.
Knowing the history now, what are the basics of abstract art and what makes it so popular?


1. Abstract art doesn’t have to stem from reality

Abstract art by its very nature can be whatever you want it to be. It doesn’t have to resemble
any real object. As Canadian artist Robert Genn once said, “Abstraction generally involves
implication, suggestion and mystery, rather than obvious description.” In a sense, abstract art
is liberating as the artist doesn’t have to conform to pre-conceived notions about how they
should produce their work.


2. Abstract art can take on a variety of forms

Because abstract art is non-representational, there are no hard and fast rules about what
form it has to take. Today, contemporary abstract art is presented in 2D and 3D forms. The
work can be created on a range of media and surfaces. In addition, you can even incorporate
other artistic elements or keep it purely abstract.


3. Abstract art is open to interpretation

When looking at an abstract art piece and you’re asked, ‘What do you see?’ It’s okay to know
that there is no right or wrong answer. One of the fundamental basics of abstract art is that it
is open to interpretation. If you’re the artist working on an abstract piece, you can assign your
own meaning to the work in much the same way as those looking at the piece can have a
different interpretation of it.


4. Learning how to appreciate abstract art

So, how can you truly appreciate abstract art when you encounter it? Do you try and pick out
elements of what the artist was trying to do? Do you attempt to put a coherent meaning to
the work, or do you simply glance at it indifferently. Well, despite not being a big advocate of
abstract art, Pablo Picasso has this to say, “Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to
understand the song of a bird? People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the
wrong tree.” In a nutshell, just take the work at face value and don’t attempt to overthink it too
much.


5. Owning your own abstract pieces can help with art
appreciation

As an avid artist and art lover there is something about owning your own abstract art piece.
Especially if it is a unique work of art that you found perhaps at an exhibition or an auction
and it spoke to you. Sometimes appreciation of a certain art form comes when you are
invested. If you’d like to purchase an abstract art piece we have several works on offer.

Grabbing Inspiration From Thin Air

April 8th, 2020

As an artist you may be trying to find inspiration and not even know it. There are a lot of new artists that are struggling. You could be struggling as well. There are those times in our art careers where we question what we're doing. Like, am I ever going to sell any of my artwork? This is a question I touted on for a long time before I finally saw my first art sale. In those desperate times, I remember when I was looking for other artists talking about there problems so I could try to relate to them. At the time I didn't realize it, but looking back now I was clearly looking for inspiration. Simply put, I was looking for another new artist that I could relate with, that maybe already got their first art sale. So I could hear a success story from another artist that was on the same level as I was in their art career. I needed inspiration. I was looking for inspiration and didn't know that's what I was looking for. Look for inspiration in anything you do. It will keep you on track. It will get you there.

An Artist With A Vision

April 8th, 2020

Do you have a vision? Anyone with a vision can make things happen. I know I have a vision. By vision, I mean seeing the bigger picture. Where do you see your self in 1, 3, or even 5 years? Do you see your self as an artist? I picture me in 5 years actually making a living doing what I love, creating art. Whether that's creating designs for a company that uses them for their products or selling original fine art or selling art prints. Either way I see myself creating art and making a decent living. How am I going to do that? By using my vision. I'll continue to follow my vision for as long as I live and that is what is going to make the difference. When you want to be good at something you stick to it. Not just for a year, but as long as you can.

1 Way To Make A Good First Impression

April 7th, 2020

1 way to make a good first impression is to show you are an expert in your field. For artists this could be mastering a single style of painting. By mastering a specific style of painting you can show your expertise to everyone, including younger artists. I have started to narrow my focus on abstracts and landscapes. Hopefully, by narrowing down my style of art, over time I will garner enough knowledge to be able to show other artists tips and tricks in the abstract and landscape painting fields. When you have enough knowledge in your area of expertise you can begin teaching younger artists and building a resume. Your artist resume will include all your knowledge and expertise and any hands-on experience you have had in the past. By building out your resume over time, this will be your best bet on making a good first impression. You can list your artist resume on your website and allow everyone to see what you have accomplished in your years of experience. This will continue to be one of the best ways to make a good first impression as an artist.

Art Selling Versus Art Buying

April 7th, 2020

Are you an art seller or an art buyer? I know you're probably thinking "I'm a seller duh" but the truth is, I am an artist and I would consider myself an art buyer. I have a thing for collecting other peoples art. It's just what I do. I support artists and if I see something I like, I buy it. Don't get me wrong, I love it when other people buy my art as well. It gives me this over-saturated feeling of accomplishment. I am like a little kid when I make an art sale. But I am not the type of artist that is constantly out there trying to sell my art either. I put it up online and when someone does a search if they like it and buy it great! If not, it doesn't ruin my day.

I continue to watch young artists thrive and grow. Watching them post new artwork daily shows how interested and busy they are creating their work. This only peaks my interest more too purchase their artwork.

Let me ask you a little something. Don't you wish you could afford an Andy Warhol painting? Or, pick your favorite famous artist. Don't you wish you could own one of their masterpieces? What if you could have? You see, when you see a young artist that is thriving in their art career and steadily climbing the ladder that's when you need to be purchasing their artwork. You will get it at discount prices compared to when you wait until their making a big name for themselves. So I sit around watching new talent and when I see a dedicated artist, that is consistently working their tail off, I grab one up. I might wait a while and see if they stick to it, but when I see they are making progress and its been a year or two, I would feel like I am missing out not to snag up something from them.

I mean the best time to acquire a piece of art from an artist is when they are at the beginning of their art career. It took me quite a while before I realized this was the way it needed to be. If I was going to purchase artwork I needed to start purchasing it before the artist was a big-time artist. This would be the only way I could afford it.

Another thing I do is when I make a sale, I save my money. I save my money so I can buy from another artist when I have enough saved up.

This is just a little something about art selling versus art buying. I just wanted to get that off my chest. Think about it.

Artists That Blog Make More Money

April 6th, 2020

I wanted to write a blog post today about artists that have a knack for blogging. As an artist, it can be hard to keep writing blog posts consistently that engages your visitors. I am a clear example. I am offbeat and all over the place. But that doesn't stop me from trying. See I understand the benefits a blog can have. Blogs can bring in massive traffic. Its a fact. Does it take time? Well of course it does. Gaining massive traffic doesn't happen overnight.

I love to paint landscapes and abstracts. It's my favorite thing to do in my free time. Why would I want to blog instead of creating artwork? It's just not what I prefer.

Each and every blog post you create has the chance to bring in traffic from search engine giants like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. When you get a blog post on page 1 of any of these search engines things will start to fall into place. And you will see why it's a good idea to start blogging for your artwork. A good rule of thumb even though I hardly follow it would be to create a blog post for every piece of artwork that you create. Try writing a small 500-word blog post to accompany each piece of artwork you publish. Try detailing each aspect of your artwork. By detailing out each part you can find it easier to write a lengthier post. Go over each step. Take your readers on a one-step journey that they can easily follow along with.

Once you start blogging as an artist you will start getting more content out there about you and your style of work. This can only have benefits. Keep trying and keep blogging and best of all keep creating! This is what we love to do. Find a way to spread the love of creating into separate areas of your art business. One of them should blogging!

Everyone knows that you cannot make money without people seeing your products. Blogging help this because it can bring serious traffic! Isn't that what all artists want? To have their art seen by the whole world? Blogging wont do that alone but it can help get you there!

How To Give Your Painting A Story

March 19th, 2020

Painting represents one of the single most important aspects of human life. It is an expression
of ourselves, of our thoughts, dreams, and passions. Art is as beautiful as it is glorious.
However, one thing that every painting needs is a story. Painting is very visual, and yet it must
have context even if its abstract in nature. The artist who laces his or her paintings with depth of
story offers the world something much more valuable than a painted canvas. Here’s what you
need to know about how to give your painting a story and make it a good one.

How Symbolism Relates to Telling a Story Through Painting

At the heart of every story ever told through the painted canvas, is symbolism. The paintings we
have from the Dark Ages are littered with symbolism. The depth and specificity of this
symbolism can make paintings from this period difficult to interpret without specialized
knowledge. For those who make an effort to learn, that specialized knowledge can unlock a
whole new world of meaning when you take a fresh look at these paintings.

Symbolism reigned in the paintings of the Renaissance when progressives and religious
dissidents snuck in symbols known only to a select few as to avert persecution.

Other times symbols in Medieval paintings were used to convey deep religious connotations
that were readily recognizable to people of faith. For example, doves are associated with
resurrection and the Holy Spirit. Lambs symbolized Jesus personified as the good shepherd
while dragons, somewhat harshly, were associated with sin and the Devil.

If you are feeling especially creative, you can weave symbols from different religions into your
painting to tell an intricate story. If you know the symbols that are used in several different
religions, you can use them to craft a painting that tells a story of unity. For example, you could
paint an interlocking pattern of symbols representing different religions and cultures revolving
around one central theme of solidarity. This is a beautiful way to represent unity and diversity in
a single piece. This, of course, is only one possibility of many. Let your mind and spirit run free
with creativity, learn more about what different symbols mean and use them for inspiration.

Using Ancient Symbolism

In ancient times, before the invention of the painted canvas, figures who were larger than the
rest had a conveyance of importance. The rule of thumb was that the larger the figure, the more
important they were. This was especially typical of images chronicling the conquests of a leader
who was superimposed and made bigger in appearance than the rest of the people in the
image.

You can use that same conveyance of significance in your painting to tell a story. Whether
you’re painting a historical scene or something from the fantasy of your imagination you can
assign significance to various figures in your painting by making them bigger than the rest. The
interpretation of larger figures being more important is a human one that is largely independent
of culture. In other words, almost anyone can discern that the tallest person in a painting is the
most important.

Another curious creative quirk you can capitalize on is the use of Celtic obelisks as a possible
symbol of the connection between Heaven and Earth. Similar obelisks are found in many other
cultures around the globe including Egypt. The Tree of Life has a similar connotation and you
can use trees in your paintings as a way to convey the sensation of life and a connection to the
spiritual.

Even if your art is not spiritual in nature, you can still make use of the symbolism to convey a
specific message through story in your paintings.

Using Flags, National, and Cultural Symbols

If you’re looking to weave a story involving peace and unity or even conflict between nations or
cultures in your paintings. You could, for instance, paint a range of flags circling around the
globe in an expression of global diversity, peace and goodwill. Alternatively, you could use the
East German flag which is no longer in official use and pair it with the modern German flag while
painting a scene that tells a story of transition from dark times to a better life and a unified
nation.

Use Mirrors

One of the artist’s greatest tools for storytelling through the painted canvas is a mirror. With
mirrors, you can convey all kinds of messages that when taken together, form a cohesive and
compelling story.

You can, for instance, tell a story of personal growth with multiple appended images of someone
looking themselves in the mirror showing different emotions. The arrangement of these emotions is
especially important in telling your story. If you start with a prideful face and transition to anger,
then sorrow or shame. Most interestingly, when you reverse the order of those emotions, it tells
a completely different story.

Another story you can tell is that of aging and you can get very creative with this theme. You
could show a person standing in front of the mirror who is quite young in the mirror and yet very
old away from the mirror and vice versa.

One stellar example of this is the painting of Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Double Portrait in
which an Italian couple is facing the viewer. At a first glance, it would appear that the woman is
with child, but alas, she is not. The lump over her stomach is a mere quirk of fashion. Looking
behind them, the savvy eye will glean that their reflections are visible in a mirror in the
foreground.

The detail that the artist put into the reflection adds to the intrigue of the painting’s story
immensely. Upon closer examination, it is revealed that there is yet another figure in the
foreground, the identity of which remains unknown and has been the subject of much
speculation.

An example like the Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Double Portrait serves to remind us that a
single painting can contain many different stories, especially if you leave room for multiple
interpretations.

The Essentials of Expressing Story in a Painting

In order to effectively express story through a painting, you will typically require a combination of
several different essential components. There is a, however, a notable exception to this which
we will return to shortly.

First, if you’re telling a story, most paintings will require the use of symbolism, themes,
emotions, objects, and entities.

The rigidity of the requirements for these components is quite ambiguous because of the sheer
variety of possible combinations that go into telling a story in a painting. For example, you can
tell a perfectly good and easily discernible story in a painting that only uses plants, animals, and
natural scenery with no humans included. Likewise, you can tell a story using only a natural
background with no entities whatsoever.

Furthermore, you can express a broad and moving story as Thomas Cole did most brilliantly in
a series of paintings aptly named, The Course of Empire. In the first painting, he depicted a
pastoral beginning with very few humans and some simple animals in peaceful and
undeveloped wilderness. Next is a painting flaunting the glories of Rome in a display of
decadence, excess, and ostentation perpetrated by a large number of people. Finally, the next
painting shows the dark twilight of empire as it shows a scene of desolation and decay as the
once magnificent buildings have fallen and people are nowhere to be found.

Mr. Cole’s series of paintings instills a beautiful albeit chilling sensation as the story unfolds.
You can emulate this in your own work as you strive to either tell more in a single painting or
stretch a larger story across multiple paintings as Thomas Cole did.

The more you think about the use of essential concepts and how you can stretch them out to
show longer or more profound stories, the more you will have to work with overall in terms of
ideas. As a painter, wherever your interests lie, you should endeavor to convey stories through
painting as naturally as possible. Even the most mercenary of painters can agree that you
cannot be too obvious how the story in a painting is conveyed lest it be perceived as overly
simplistic and devoid of value.

Painting a Story of Romance

One of the most powerful stories you can tell through a painting is one of romance. This
romance can be tragic or triumphant according to the whims of your muse. There are countless
ways to express a love story in a painting.

It can be conveyed visually in any number of ways from locked eyes to holding hands, the
variations are limitless. It can be subtle or obvious, depending on how or if you desire your
audience to interpret it.

Now think of the other varieties of symbolism we’ve discussed previously. You can combine any
number of those elements and weave them into a painting imbued with a complex love story.

Organizing Inspiration

Inspiration is a creative force that sometimes sweeps over us with an overwhelming sense of
purpose, other times it is fleeting or comes in spurts. That inspiration, whether it came in spurts
or was free-flowing, it should be organized. Everyone’s creative process is different, but there
are some general concepts you can follow that will be beneficial.

First, take as many notes as possible. Every time a thought on your painting comes to you, be
sure to write down. Reviewing these notes can lead to a more refined final product. When
reviewing your notes as well as jotting them down, tie in a central theme that will be the crux of
your painting’s story. As you go along and develop your ideas further, start thinking about other
smaller, more subtle or detailed elements to your story. You can even entertain thoughts of
weaving multiple stories into one painting.

An example of this could be a romance in which a couple experiences the tragic bliss of
forbidden love. Continuing our example here, think about it and the themes that it relates to.
How would you express the story of Romeo and Juliet in a painting? Questions like these are
ones for you to ask yourself as a painter.

Finding Inspiration

When inspiration is not coming freely nor in spurts but is halted altogether, there are many ways
for the painter to find inspiration that can turn into a beautiful painting belying a profound story.

As a painter, there is a whole world of resources available to you from pictures, paintings,
movies, music, books, and of course your own experiences.

It can be quite useful when looking for inspiration to take a look at the history of painting itself.
The broad range of extraordinary changes that have occurred throughout the history of painting
is breathtaking in its emotional power and luminousness. One of the finest books on the
history of painting that can benefit any painter in need of inspiration or some direction on the
history of their craft is The Story of Painting by Wendy Beckett.

Another way to find inspiration is to socialize with other artists. Be careful however to talk about
concepts rather than pure ideas as not to give yours away.

Don’t Be Afraid to Add a Touch of the Chaotic

By chaotic here we mean abstract as in don’t be afraid to tell a story that is not readily
comprehensible to the average viewer. If you have a story in your mind that strongly appeals to
you yet is so specific of abstract you fear that no one else will understand what your story
means, embrace it.

Whatever you do, do not scrap the idea simply because it won’t be easily understood. Also, be
sure not to try to conform it too much or pull it from the abstract to the common in an effort to
make its meaning less arcane. To do so would blemish the purity of your own creation. It would
mar it and betray the originality of your idea.

If you’re telling a story through a painting, there’s nothing inherently wrong with representing the
story through clear visual statements that are easy for viewers to follow. It is only when your
initial idea is abstract by nature from conception that you should make an effort to preserve as
much of its distilled meaning as possible however obscure.

Of course, much of your preference in these matters will depend on whether you’re a purely
commercial artist or one who is wholly dedicated to the craft itself and thus free of concerns
over such mundane constraints as conventionality.

The Importance of Painting to the Human Story

Painting has an enormous impact on the story of humankind itself. It is an essential and
priceless part of our collective creative, intellectual, and social heritage. While methods and
materials have experienced many changes, the core meaning of painting remains because it is
so very flexible. That’s because painting can be whatever you want it to be. It is a vehicle
through which your mind and spirit can travel across the planes of time and the senses and into
the world of the abstract. Even in this abstract world of the creative, there is a semblance of
order and that order is structured by story.

As artists, we traverse these planes to find new things and old things to bring back and express
them on the canvas. Revered artist Salvator Dali reached into the world of dreams for much of his
inspiration and produced such bizarre yet awe-inspiring paintings as, The Persistence of
Memory.

One of his methods was to place a tin plate on the floor next to where he slept while holding a
spoon that would wake him as it fell from his hands and hit the plate after falling asleep. In
waking up so abruptly and in the first phase of sleep, he would recall wondrous dreams that
were quite different from the ordinary.

Be A Part of it, Paint Your Own Story

There is some irony in that while the primary intention of this article is to help you learn how to
give a painting a story, what you ought to be doing is giving stories a painting. Think of it this
way, if you create the story first, you can build the painting around it.

Whether you represent it textually or visually, jot down the kernel of each story idea you have.
Then ponder how best to represent those stories in a painting. In doing so, you will be able to
express story through the art of painting most effectively. It will help you grow as an artist, as a
painter, and as a human being.

As an artist, you are in the position to benefit the world with your own creations. Do not restrain
yourself, unleash your muses and lose yourself in your own craft. The more time you spend in
that creative space, the more potent of an artist you will become.

Give it a try. Take a deep breath, think about what you’ve learned, and pick up your brush, it’s
time to paint!



Using Pancake Syrup to Create The Perfect Pouring Consistency

March 19th, 2020

Using Pancake Syrup to Create The Perfect Pouring Consistency

So I tried out a new experiment, and let me tell you, it was very different. It was fun from beginning to end because I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. Usually when I do paint pouring experiments, I try to experiment with different pouring mediums. I have said this before and I will say it again I absolutely love GAC 800 as a pouring medium. GAC 800 gives you the best consistency while using the least amount of paint and still obtaining the best coloration in your paints. But what is being creative if you cant have a little fun trying new things? Now before I tell you about my experiment I will tell you what led me to this experiment.

Have you ever wanted to paint but didn’t have enough paint or didn’t have enough pouring medium? Well this is the exact issue I ran into.
I have plenty of paint but didn’t realize that I would use more pouring medium than paint. So I ran out of pouring medium and had to get my creative fix in. I started looking under the kitchen sink for something that would make a cool effect if I used it as a pouring medium and couldn’t find anything I thought would work. I moved to the kitchen cabinets and started looking for a liquid with a good consistency and I ran into pancake syrup! It had the perfect consistency that I was looking for! So I opened up the syrup bottle and poured some into each container of paint that I had set out.
I stirred up the paint and syrup mixture and it was a perfect match! The consistency was spot on!

I added each paint separately into my paint pouring cup, took them over too my canvas and started pouring the paint from the center out. I started tilting the canvas from one side to the other to spread out the paint across the whole surface. This is where I noticed something really cool! I noticed that my painting would now smell like pancake syrup!!! The smell of the syrup overrode the smell of the paint by a long shot! The only downside to this experiment is that it has been 3 days since I created it and the effects totally took over and it looks totally different now. Plus the painting is still sticky and pretty wet. I don’t think that this painting will ever truly dry. For the whole paint pouring experiment it was really fun, it smelled great and it turned out phenomenal! But I don’t know how long I will be able to hold onto a wet-sticky painting.

I hope you guys can try getting creative and start using your imagination! Experiments can be really fun and enjoying!

The Hard Life of an Artist How to Make a Name For Yourself

March 19th, 2020

The Hard Life of an Artist How to Make a Name For Yourself

Today I was sitting around the house thinking about my art and everywhere I had posted it. I believe that my art is pretty good work. So I got online to visit a couple of shops I have and noticed I had no sales. I feel like I am driving myself crazy over the lifestyle that I chose. I was hoping to get some decent feedback from other artists in the same niche as me and that didn’t go as well as I thought it would. They either talked my artwork down or flat out said it wasn’t good enough. I love creating artwork. Even if someone doesn’t decide to buy my work I still enjoy creating it. I feel accomplished once I finish a piece of work. Plus the rush I get after seeing the final touches is priceless.

So when no one wants to buy artwork from you, what else can you do? This thought popped into my head. It really depends on what your goals are. One of the main goals any artist should have is to make a name for themselves. Once you make a name for yourself, you can land side gigs a little easier because people know your name.

But how do you make a name for yourself?

How do you get your name out there?

Well, when your not able to sell your artwork try some other ways to make a name for yourself in your local communities and work your way up from there. One way you can start to get your name out in the world as an artist is to offer volunteer work for local organizations. Just being an artist is hard enough. Try making it easier on you by becoming a big part of your community.

Becoming a popular member of a community or organization can have a HUGE impact on your life as an artist. This can be one of first ways to get your foot in the door. Talking to your community about your lifestyle and showing them some of your work can only benefit you as an artist. Sometimes its best to start as small as possible then work your way to the top. Start with just yourself. Talking to your friends and family. Then try asking them about communities you can get involved with. Then ask the members of your community what they think of your work and ask them for more advice. This kind of path takes a little time but can work extremely well for you and your art business.

If you have tried working with friends and family and are still having trouble making a name for yourself try trade show events and carnivals. Try going to events and passing out business cards and flyers, maybe even set up your own booth to display your artwork. Most events have a ton of people from nearby towns and cities. And some events even have people from other states and countries! Imagine the impact that would make on your name!
Start with local carnivals. Most carnivals allow booths to be set up for people walking through the streets. This is a good chance to start networking with other people and passing around business cards and flyers. Talk to people. Be friendly. Be likeable.

When your just starting out as an artist things can be difficult and overwhelming. But they don’t have to be! Have you ever tried networking with gallery owners? Some gallery owners are willing to offer advice and may even put some of your work up on the walls in their gallery. You might be thinking a gallery would never put my work on their displays. But your WRONG! Gallery owners love new artists! They are always looking to expand and grow their databases. Galleries naturally bring in a ton of art collectors, art lovers and art enthusiasts. So having a piece of art displayed in a local art gallery can also have HUGE benefits.

One art collector comes in the gallery and is blown away with your work and they purchase it. They ask the gallery owner the name of the artist. Then they go on the internet and start searching for your name and your artwork. Its all about networking! Start passing out your business cards and flyers and make a name for yourself. Start small and talk to a lot of people! Ask questions! Its okay to ask for advice! People are more than willing to offer assistance.

Channeling Your Inner Picasso How to Find Inspiration for Art

March 19th, 2020

Channeling Your Inner Picasso How to Find Inspiration for Art

You finally have a spare moment in the day to devote to your art, yet when you head to your studio that horrible yet familiar feeling hits – complete blankness. Surrounded by a million supplies and various clippings that are supposed to inspire you, you feel unmotivated to pick up a paintbrush, let alone create a sensational piece. Don’t worry – every artist has days, weeks, or even months where they feel uncreative and uninspired. Although it’s difficult to conquer such a rut, there are ways to motivate yourself and spark that creative streak. Here’s how to find inspiration for your art.


Show up to Your Studio Every Day


Sometimes the most difficult part of feeling inspired to create is showing up to your art studio or station. After all, if you’re feeling unmotivated, what’s the point in showing up? This is the wrong attitude. While you may feel uninspired, head to your workstation anyway. Surrounded by your supplies, previous artwork, and inspirational clippings, naturally, the creativity will eventually start flowing. And if not? Have a flick through your sketchbook, start organizing your materials and supplies, and doodle on scrap paper, even if you don’t feel like it. If you have enough time to spend on your art every day, this will help the creativity flow and start a pattern of work. Even if you only have 30 minutes to spend a day, be strict with your schedule. As mentioned, sketch on a piece of paper or start swiping paint across a canvas – anything that will give you art inspiration. You’ll find that once you start creating every day, the habit will be hard to break. It will become part of your routine. You may find that some days the work you produce doesn’t feel good enough. On others, you’ll end up enjoying it so much that the hours fly past without you realizing it. Before you know it, you’ll have more ideas than you have time to spend on them!


Take and Collect Lots of Photos


When you spot something inspiring when you’re out and about, don’t miss the opportunity to take a photo. Taking photos is worthwhile when it comes to creating art, as you’ve seen the image and have experienced it in person, making it more valuable and memorable to you. Likewise, if you find an image that stands out while looking through magazines or on the internet, don’t hesitate to save it. Store these images in an organized way, whether it’s a physical clipping kept in a photo album or an online image saved into a folder on your computer. It’s important to note, however, that you shouldn’t rely on magazine or internet images for reference as most of the time they’ll be copyrighted. Use them for inspiration, but don’t replicate them exactly. When you’re feeling particularly unmotivated for art drawing ideas, flick through your memories and your collection of clippings. Look through old photo albums and think about your past. What caused you to save these specific photos and images in the first place? Perhaps it was the subject matter, or maybe the colors drew you in? Or was it the composition or structure? Think about why the images were special to you, and you may ignite that spark of creativity that caused you to save such images.


Network in the Art Community


Artists tend to work alone in their studio, so without regular communication with other like-minded artists, it’s no surprise that it’s difficult to know how to get inspired. If you’re an artist that spends a lot of time working in solitude, make an effort to get out and meet other artists. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to get chatting with people like you – after all, you’re all in the same boat! Head to gallery openings, art leagues, and arts and crafts fairs – anywhere you can live, talk, and breathe art with others. Chatting with someone with similar interests to you, that paints or draws differently will provide you with food for thought to stimulate your creativity. You can also meet other artists online by engaging with them via social media or visiting artist’s websites and blogs. This can be an easy way of communicating with other artists if you don’t have much time to head out to events.


Take a Class


This links in with taking new art classes. Not only is taking a class a great way to meet others, but it’s also a fantastic way to build creativity and learn a new skill. If you’re still learning how to be an artist, you simply can’t go wrong with taking a class to improve your artistic talents. Even if you’re a skilled artist with many years in the trade, taking an art class is still worthwhile. Sometimes after progressing in your field for years, it can feel like you can’t progress any further or that you have nothing left to learn. However, usually this means you’re just set in your ways – there’s always more to learn! By taking an art class, you can learn a new creative skill or can learn to view art from a different direction or outlook. After all, how are you going to feel inspired if you’re creating using the same methods every day?


Learning How to Find Inspiration for Art


We hope with our tips and advice you understand how to find inspiration for art. Remember, the key is to show up to your art station and keep creating – no matter how disillusioned you’re feeling. Enjoy every step of the process, because even the mistakes (and there will be mistakes!) teach you a lot. When it comes to creating art, it’s not just about the destination, but the journey you take to get there.

 

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