Art: Exciting WOW Moments

WOW  moments for artists:

I was listening to a podcast by Darren Rowse (from ProBlogger) who was talking about light-bulb moment experiences, and that got me thinking about artists and how they are affected by WOW moments too.

Art & Wow moments

A5 watercolour painting: Soil erosion.

The Aaah-Aaah moment of discovery:

Often we have known of a certain principle or theory for a long time, and thought “Oh I know all about that!”  Then suddenly one day you hit on how important and fantastic the concept really is. Just something about the concept just ‘jumped out at you.’

It seems to have a greater meaning for you personally. It’s such a Wow -moment that you want to go out and tell everyone. Oooh, but they’re still in the `impassive mode’ you had been in, that they look at you blankly, much to so say, “What’s so significant about that” look on their faces.

Considering that people absorb and learn things differently, sometimes when something is expressed in different words, the concept becomes clearer, has a different connotation to it. You see it from a different angle… That’s the moment you whole life seems to come alive with new expectations. You can’t wait to try it out for yourself.

When teaching new art students, they don’t always understand the things you tell them. It all goes over their heads… as they continue doing their thing. It’s only when they have experienced something, that a WOW -moment occurs, and then they get really excited.

In fact: Wow -moments actually are fundamental aspects of art.

Why Wow -moments are important to artistic creativity!

  • Wow -moments stir artists’ imagination. Without imagination you can’t create fantastic masterpieces.
  • When expectant things occurs while painting, you need inspiration on how to fix the problem or how to run with what’s happening on your ‘canvas’.
  • An artist, who doesn’t experiment with new concepts, theories and techniques, doesn’t grow as an artist. Working in a rut, is to stagnate and turnout boring stuff, day after day!
  • Artists need Wow -moments, if they are going to WOW people who view their art.
  • Wow-moments enable you to see the inner beauty of a scene, so that you can give your painting more impact and Oomph!

WOW-moments often occur when:

  • You have a problem to solve.
  • When thinking about what you have heard or read somewhere.
  • Doing research and `reading between the lines’.
  • Immersing one’s self in the concept you’re researching.
  • Gathering more info on your topic you are researching.
  • Happens when taking down notes, making lists, drawing diagrams, summarizing facts, etc, making it possible for the bare facts to stare you in the face, trigger off a light-bulb concept.
  • Sometimes you need to ask yourself `silly’ way-out questions and letting your sub-conscious takeover. Looking at the problem from a different angle helps to see beyond the norm.
  • When you weed-out the rubbish that doesn’t apply to the circumstances or fit the equation, you are able to adjust or shift the concept into its rightful slot.

When the WOW -moment actually occurs:

It injects into your mind such powerful suggestions, that it blows you mind.

Often there is a flooding and swirling of ideas around in your mind, that you feel you can’t catch it all in a `net’, all at once. You fear you may forget something in the process of trying to contain and remember it all!

Have you ever had that experience?

And also, scared someone may come by just at that moment and interrupt your digesting of those new vibrations of thought and cause them to vanish completely (like a puff of smoke) before you’re able to fix them in your mind or record them fast enough on paper?

Have you ever had that experience?

So now you have these exciting new concepts of thought, what are you are to do about them?

The concept of what you have just learnt is a new tool in your hands.

  • Try them out, experiment with them?
  • Re-organize them to suit your project?
  • Have you the courage to use them?
  • Has anyone else thought of it?
  • Can you employ and exploit it?
  • What will people think? As long as it improves your skills and the quality of your art, then do you care what people think?

So why do some people not have WOW -moments?

  • Obviously they don’t take time out to dream a little, think more deeply about things or investigate a concept that intrigues them.
  • Or they think brainstorming is a waste of time.

Let me tell you, all the great inventors did it. Michelangelo did it. And so did Leonardo da Vinci do it!

So, if you want to be a great artist, you can do it too! It’s the power behind creativity!

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Power of the Mind and Body


You don’t have power until you’ve changed your attitude!

Why? Because art is an emotional expression of the heart. If your emotions are negative, you can’t paint beautiful paintings.

Wishful thinking:

You often hear people say, “I wish I could paint like you!” But they never get around to actually painting something. Then tell me please, how do, they ever expect it to happen.

Maybe they think, like most people think, that artists are born with talent. That someday they will just sit down and Walla, their first painting is a great masterpiece!

Can you believe that? Yes, believe it or not, that is what new students expect with their first art lesson! That somehow the teacher will put a spell on them and they will turn out great works of art. How unrealistic can you be, but strangely, this is what most people expect.

Power of the mind

A5 watercolour painting: ‘Can’t see the wood for the trees’


Talent doesn’t grow on trees either! Just seeing something they like and thinking they can do it, “It looks so easy, any fool can paint it”


  • Wishful thinking doesn’t work.
  • One or two lessons won’t make you an artist.
  • Desire to paint doesn’t make it happen.
  • Looking at art books isn’t sufficient.
  • Believing you can do it isn’t enough.


  • Real intent coupled with action gets the ball rolling.
  • `Diving in boots and all’, creates a mess, but it is a beginning.
  • Passion for what you are doing inspires you.
  • But working at it, for the right reasons gets results.
  • Looking beyond reality awakens your soul to new theories.
  • Experimenting with new concepts pushes your artistic boundaries.


  • Success is following your heart. Doing what you like doing most.
  • Taking up challenges, against all odds.
  • Living the life of an artist, or whatever you want to be, every day.
  • If no one sees your talent, no one will know you have it.
  • Building up capital doesn’t happen without producing what sells.

What is your input on this topic?

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How to be More Creative


  • Want to know how to improve your skills?
  • Want to know how to be more creative as an artist?
  • What do you think makes a great painting?
  • Putting zing into your paintings!
  • This blog shows you how to find what’s exceptional and how to emphasis it!
How to create emotion.

A5 watercolour painting: Enchanted Forest.

First of all:

  • Don’t be a `Sunday Artist’ (Someday artist!): You must paint at least 4-6 days a week to improve your skills. The more you paint, the more you get control the constitution of your paints, how you wield your brush and how to handle the quality of your watercolour paper. The timing affecting edges (blurring and sharp edges), that is: how and when to apply your paint, etc.
  • Think and breathe art: Act the artist. Always be observing of your surroundings and environment. Whether you are in the country, in your garden at home, down by the beach or sitting on a bench in a park, etc.
  • Feel the mood of the scenes before you: Like the filtering of light in sunsets and misty scenes, hear the chirp of birds and crickets, etc. This puts you in the mood to paint!
  • Check how light transforms things: Sit quietly and look carefully at how light effects things. Not just where the bright colours are and where the dark shadows are. But look for silhouettes and halos. For example when the sun is setting, look for the aura surrounding the seeds of grass, how the sun shines through bare tree branches and twigs, etc.
  • See how important movement and action are: How the plants and leaves move in the breeze, watch butterflies flutter from flower to flower, etc. Do you see the blurring of wheels, wings, etc? What looks static and what needs blurring in your paintings. Are there any oblique action lines or arabesque flowing lines in your composition?
  • Think about what you see: Don’t just look at things, think about how you would paint it. What colours you would use, which shapes are important, etc.
  • Mind power: Don’t be afraid to use your imagination. Bend the facts of reality if need be. Leave out the unnecessary to build a dramatic design/composition.
  • The end result depends on your personal reaction to what you see and your personal way of applying yourself, your style of working, etc.

It’s not about what other people expect of you:

  • Do what appeals to you personally. If you paint what others expect, your skill sensitivity is reduced and the painting falls flat! It has no power to touch the hearts of people. The reason why this happens is because your heart is not in it! You must have enthusiasm, great passion, for what you are doing. If it fascinates you, it may fascinate others…
  • People have different tastes: You can’t please everyone. Generally those closest to you, are the hardest critics! But if you appeal to people’s senses and emotions, you will have a better chance of success of touching their purse!
  • Consider how to make your painting dynamic. You have to appeal to peoples’ inner passions and desires. If you are doing a commission, know your client’s personal interests, what makes them tick.
  • Be yourself: Not a carbon-copy of what other people do. Stamp your unique style on the art world. Rather blaze a trail for others to follow.
  • Think out of the box: Don’t conform. Look beyond the usual mundane stuff. Transform reality into something spectacular. Your twist on authenticity.

 How to make your painting zing!

  • Drawing instant attraction to your painting: Which of the objects are big? Is it a dominate shape? Is it something that people can tolerate?
  • Emphasize your main point of interest: If you don’t have a dominate shape, what can you emphasize and draw attention to it? When you have a statement worth accentuating, strengthen the tone and colour contrast there. Leave most of the rest of the scene in a blur!
  • Which of those details are important do you think? Then leave out all those unimportant fussy details. Only those things that tell the story and direct the eye to the main point of interest are important.
  • Your colour scheme is crucial: There must be enough warm colours in it to make people feel happy and comfortable. And what is the colour combination? Does the combination have an energy vibe relationship?
  • Emotional impact: What have you in the picture that will make an impact on the soul? What’s emotional about it? Is it subtle beauty or dramatic and bold? The secret here is to have warm and cool colours vibe and interacting with one another no matter the type of your composition.

 Think deeply about what I have said:

Sometimes we say, “Oh, I know all that stuff! I’ve heard it all before!”

But do we really scrutinize what we’ve heard or read? Put more thought into it?

  • As artists we often get in a rut, of doing the same old thing over and over again, and it gets boring, for you and your `audience’!
  • But ’thinking between the lines’ of what we have heard or read, we often come up with new and exciting concepts of thought, that carries you onto another thought pattern, then another, and before you know it you are on a higher plane of artistic activity and bound for greater things! And I love that feeling it gives me and the trip of learning new concepts. In fact I can’t help myself. I actually look for things that most people miss, because it gives me a thrill!

Good luck with your own trip!

Please tell me (leave a comment below) how you learnt how to see and absorb the finer things of life, not only how to paint things, but how you went on to achieve success through being more observant.

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