Posted on January 30, 2012

What to paint part 2


This entry is a sequel to a previous entry I had written – What to paint?

I enjoy painting very much but sometimes its hard to know what to paint or where to start. Some questions you might want to ask yourself, and you may find yourself coming to a conclusion of what you want to paint.

Do you have a style? Realistic or abstract?
Do you like bright colors or dark colors?
High contrast or faded?
Do you have a palette of colors you’d like to use?
How big do you think you want the painting to be?

Do you have things that you enjoy seeing visually? Write them down.

For example, I love trees, stars, circles, letters, ampersands and mermaids

If I wanted to I could google any of those things and possibly come across something that inspires me. If you’re photoshop savvy you could manipulate an image and then paint it.

However, some might like to work from memory, and not have something to look at while painting. You could visit sites like tumblr and search keywords such as “art” “painting” or “creative” and let it inspire you. This is a great exercise just to get the creative juices flowing… especially if you do not have anything particular in mind.

I had done a painting of a bare tree recently, I think trees without leaves are beautiful! But I feel as though bare trees are always seen in the dim winter, with snow on the ground and cloudy skies. I do not feel that many can see this beauty, so I made my painting with lots of a color and a silhouette of a bare tree. My style is not realistic… it never has been. I lean toward the abstract/cartoonish style. It’s just me… and I’ve even been told I am a better abstract artist that anything else.

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