Want new ideas of what to paint next?

Addressing artists’ creativity blocks:

Finding new ideas of what to paint  next, isn’t easy. But it can be easy, if you know how to go about it.

Finding new concepts

A5 watercolour: Orange autumn trees in contrast with green and blue of the scene.

What people expect:

People want their paintings to be uniquely special, only one of its kind. They want to know they hold the original masterpiece. Why, because it has greater investment value. And of cause, its brag value, as well.

Artist’s dilemma:

Knowing it’s not wise to re-hash the same scene or subject matter over and over again, it becomes hard to think up new ideas of what to paint next. Especially if galleries are demanding more and more of your paintings.

Artist’s creative block:

  1. Thinking up new subject matter on a regular basis becomes stressful. It’s not long before the artist has a mental breakdown under the strain . Their minds go blank somewhat like `writer’s block’.
  2. Their powers of creativity seems to come to a standstill. And if they do try to paint, their work somehow has lost its spark. It’s scary, knowing they can’t produce what the galley is expecting of them.
  3. It’s like a chain re-action. The stress builds up until they can’t seem to be able to produce anything! This is very worrying for an artist. Especially a renowned artist! People expect so much of them.
  4. Obviously they need a break, a holiday, etc. But when they do get back to work, they still have to keep up with production all over again.

Here are a few tips how to get over their creative block:

Keeping up production:

If you don’t want ‘artist’s creative block’, you have to be always on the lookout for new possible compositions. And to do that, you need to be more observant and keep your camera and note pad handy, for the unexpected panorama ambiance in Nature.

Most people will tell you to paint, what they think is dynamic. Example: panoramic mountainous scenes, dramatic seascapes with clear waves, etc. But it isn’t often you come across the just-right  scenes, with the composition perfectly placed,  in real life! It’s actually the job of the artist to make it exciting and dynamic!

The artist has to have the ability to recognize a good scene. Knowing what he or she can do with it to make it so special.

Let me open your eyes, to be able to recognize those possible scenes:

One: Seeing things in better light:

Play the new game, of looking at life all around you, as if it was for the first time.

  • Even though everything may look mundane, look again more carefully. You’ll be surprised what you see.
  • Do you see the strong contrasts of tones, sparkling highlights and contrasting rim-lights?
  • Do you see the energy in what you are looking at?

Two: Contrasts of colour, make exciting paintings:

The secret is to see contrasts of colours where there isn’t in mundane everyday things. For example:

  • How you can make the mountains in the background bluer. And make the beautiful autumn russet trees brighter against that blue!
  • Or putting magenta or violet in the evergreen  foliage of the dull olive-green trees.

Three: How to add energy to space:

  • By blending subtle tones and intermingling analogous colours in the open restful spaces between objects.
  • By creating smoke or fading mist to contrast with bold shapes of the foreground?
  • Atmospheric dimension of space creates perspective depth.
  • Notice how back-lighting creates rim-lights, haloes and atmospheric auras. Example: around  people shoulders and around the seeds of grass as the sun is setting.
  • Or the beauty of the tiny little specks of dust floating in the rays of light.

Now isn’t the world beautiful? Good enough to paint?

Yes, there is a lot to paint out there.

All it takes is having new eyes. Opening your eyes and seeing beauty in everything. And using your imagination, to make your painting profound.

Now you can see, you don’t have to search for what people consider the right type of picture to paint. It’s up to you to make it dynamic.

Now to paint on a regular schedule:

Remember all those photographs you took on holiday and outings with family? Keep them on a memory sticks. Sort them according to their subject matter.  And when you want something to paint, peruse through them.

But remember photos can be flat and boring.

So you need to liven them up and remove all the unnecessary detail. You don’t want your painting to look like a photocopy!

  1. Look for the boldest shapes and strongest tonal contrasts. Make that your main point of interest.
  2. Where can you liven up the colours with contrasts?
  3. What state are the in between spaces? Can you add energy to those spaces with mingled subtle blends of colour?
  4. Where are the highlights? Can you dramatize them by surrounding them with neutral contrasting shades?

See, even your photos need a new fresh look!

Looking for the possibilities of each photo in turn, until your creative juices are turned on and you are ready to paint!

PS: Hope you’ll take up the challenge and try this for yourself, you’ll be surprised how beautiful your world around you becomes.

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Master artists intuitively create by LIGHT!

How does artistic intuition work?

Spiritual light

Small A5 watercolour: This abstract painting was created by observing light shining through a window!

First of all lets discuss:

Perceiving spiritual light is different from seeing physical objects.

That’s quite a statement! Would you consider painting as a spiritual activity?

Not many people realize there is a spiritual side to art.  Most people only see physical things. All they’re worried about is where and how to place the things in their compositions.

Therefore they miss seeing the effects of light and don’t light incorporate them in their paintings.

Master artists will tell you: “Art isn’t about things. It is about light!”

Most people don’t see how the sun light filters through the atmosphere or how it creates halos and rim-lights around things. How dust particles are caught in suspension in sunbeams, or the beautiful gradation of colour that the energy of light generates.

If only they realized all those wonderful spectacular effects could make their paintings spectacular.

Such a pity!

Let me tell you of my experience I had today, as an example, in seeing beauty in the energy of light.

Creating from a WOW-moment:

I’m visiting family on the Springbok Flats again for a few days. And as usual I took photographs of the bush. I do that every time I’m here. Why, because the seasons and weather condition differ.

Well this morning I went out early taking photos so I would have something useful for my Steemit blog. But when I returned to the house the sun was coming in through the window and creating such beautiful blurry effects seen through the calcified window panes.

Light shining through window.

Photo of frosted window. Note the bicycle seat!…This family loves cycling!

The beauty of the WOW-moment just `blew me away’. And set me off thinking how I could use it. And each idea raced on into another. And that is how I got the idea, of writing to you about this very subject of spirituality verses physical things.

Let me explain, the water in this area is hard water, and the garden sprayers were spraying the plants close to the house. And over time hard water builds up a white calcification film, which is difficult to completely remove, no matter how often you try.

Outside this particular set of windows are a palm tree and a lilac flowered bush over an archway. Through the blur of the window you can see the palm leaves very clearly and the lilac flowers not so much. But much more than my camera has depicted. Check out the photo illustration to see what I mean.

I could see the windowpane (with the plants on the windowsill) would make a lovely oil painting because of the techniques involved. But what I wanted right then, was a watercolour painting. (My oil paints were left back home).

So this is how I painted it:

  1. I decided to remove the squares of the window panes because of their stiff grid neatness.
  2. I didn’t pre-wet the paper because I wanted contrasting edges at the top of the composition.
  3. Then started making it dramatic, at the top, by boldly contrasting tones and colour to make the palm leaves to standout perspectively away from their background, making them the main point of interest.
  4. The bottom half I made hazy, to support the concept of the frosting effect. This also makes the area a restful area.
  5. This procedure naturally turned the whole composition into an abstract painting.

Don’t you see?  All it takes is recognizing light effects and the willingness to see….

The difference between things and perceiving spiritual light.

In the case of: The stark reality of THINGS:

If you paint just things, throughout, neatly, without atmospheric depth, it makes your painting seem lifeless. When things are drawn in with sharp contour edges, the objects look like they are standing still and motionless.

On the other hand: The blurry emotional factor

  • If some of the edges are blurred, it suggests movement and action. And the article melts into its nearest surroundings and settles comfortably within its environment.
  • And blurred areas create atmospheric dimension between and around objects. Blurred areas within your painting stimulate emotion within people. And that brings me to the point:
People buy paintings according to their moods, senses and emotion. They see the objects, but the moody atmospheric conditions arouse their emotions and senses.

Did you notice how I used both in my painting?

How contrasting sharp-edged objects, with blurred atmospheric areas, it makes your painting come alive with highlights, and emphasizing the main point of interest.

Now let’s look back and consider how artists compose paintings using their intuition.

Intuition is born of spiritual LIGHT:

You often hear people remark about master artists’ divine intuition.

Those artists they are talking about drew upon their inner sensitivity when they looked at things.

They taught themselves to become aware of their surroundings and the beautiful vistas of light. What they saw was the power of light creating dynamic contrasts. Bright highlights, back-lighting creating halo effects and rim-lights, sparkles on rippling water, and the 3D dimension of space. Also dynamic energy, seen in sun-rays, radiating through suspended dust particles, creating the most beautiful atmospheric effects you can imagine. Things most people take for granted.

The supernatural-moment whispers to their inner spirit, that this is what they want to paint because the vision stirred their imagination. The composition’s concept of their painting was built upon their deep perceptions and their technique knowledge of art.  And that’s how a masterpiece is born!

And here comes the punchline:

Ever looking for new landscapes to paint, but all we need is new eyes to see what is right there before us!

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Fact or Fallacy: Illusion works faster than reality!

Fact or fallacy:

I came across this saying: Illusion can never go faster than the speed limit of reality.

I don’t agree. When it comes to art, illusion is the game.

Created illusion

A5 watercolour: Setting sun in the early evening.

Illusion works quickly on the mind. Like gossip it travels very fast. People love to make up something to fit the suggestion they envision. That is, make up a story to fit the illusion.

Let’s be honest. Artists can’t paint what God so perfectly created. It would drive artists mad if they persisted in copying every detail of reality. It is easier and quicker for artists to create illusions of reality.

Twicking the facts and suggesting reality draws people’s attention and involves their senses and emotions, more than harsh reality.

The main points of my argument as to the speed of illusion:

  1. A picture that is full of detail is confusing because it is hard to take in every detail all at once.
  2. Neatly defined objects give the impression they’re standing still and lifeless. Boring. Why, because sharp neat outer contour edges of an object are symbolically read. Example, toilet signs!  If the outline is important, that means the inner section of a shape doesn’t have to be so detailed!
  3. There again, a blurred object suggests movement. For example the spokes of a bicycle. Therefore we see blurring is the action of speed. If you think about it, the eye travels easier and smoother, much faster over blurred things and blurred edges than neat clean contour edges. Therefore atmospheric conditions in a painting are more pleasing to people than stark reality.
  4. The right brain is quick to assess the relationships between what it sees and what’s happening at the same time. The assessment requires the involvement of one’s senses and emotions. Our emotions work more quickly than the reality before us. Our right brain has assessed the possible future action, before the situation has happened.
  5. If detail is reduced in a painting, people tend to seek out what detail there is, to sum up the rest of the illusion. The fewer the detail, the quicker they can come to a conclusion.
  6. Loosening up and the freedom of one’s brushstrokes creates lyric flow and action within our paintings.
  7. Fantasy is more fun than reality. Imagination is quick to fill-in and join the gaps, link the facts and complete what the person wants to believe. That’s why people play games on the phones. They enjoy playing with fantasy.

Conclusion: Illusion is easier and quicker to peruse. Therefore the fantasy of illusion works faster than reality.

Now you can see why I love atmospheric paintings.

But if your painting is all blurred, it stays a mystery. There must be some definition to link the facts.

That is why paintings must have dominance and strength of contrast (of tone and colour) at the main point of interest. And a few selected details or highlights to guide the eye in and around the illusion of reality.

In my view:

Illusion is the power artists use to create with. And people buy paintings to fantasize upon. Paintings are another world. A fantasy world on another dimension! Away from the starkness of reality.

What is your opinion?

  • When you’re in an art gallery, and you see a painting you like, what appeals to you first?
  • How far does the authenticity of reality play in your choice?
  • Look again. Was it really the authenticity of the detail that appealed to you?
  • Or was it the atmospheric conditions or highlight effects that really gripped your approval?

15 Things That Make Great Artists

MAKE YOURSELF A GREAT ARTIST

There are so many good artists out there that are struggling to make themselves known, so…

  • Who doesn’t want to know… how to become a famous artist!?
  • It’s a shame that no matter how good an artist is, they never seem to get acknowledged for their talent.

HERE ARE 15 POINTS TO CONSIDER:

Things that will turn any artist’s world around and validate their talent. You may think the following things very obvious, but sadly very few people take the time to consider or use possibly them.

Make yourself a great artist

A5 watercolour: The end of a beautiful day

Here are the fifteen points that make people great artists:

First of all: How do prosperous people attain fame and success? What do they have that others don’t have?

ONE:

A powerful inner drive to achieve success:  No matter what their opposition maybe. Make no mistake, there is opposition in all things. The people who succeed are those who don’t allow things to put them off achieving their ambitions. So how strong is your ambition?

How does anything happen?

TWO:

An adventurist spirit:  A willingness to taken on challenges. In art, this comes with a strong need to express oneself and then allowing yourself to be carried along by the adventure of activity within the moment creativity. So don’t allow mistakes to put you off.

How strong is the will of the person in their desire to paint?

THREE:

A strong belief and confidence in one’s ability to paint.  It requires gutsy-ness and a willingness to take an emotional trip through any problems and mistakes that may occur while painting.

How much is your desire to learn new things?

FOUR:

A requiring mind:  A great inner excitement when doing research and a willingness to go beyond the norm to acquire new concepts.

Do colours turn you on?

FIVE:

A deep fascination and a love of colour: Whether it’s the inter-relationships of colour, blending and merging of colour, or the boldness or contrast of colour.

How many people really take note of their surroundings and observe things with a deep meaning?

SIX:

The ability to see beauty in all things, no matter how mundane. This happens when a person uses all their senses and allows their emotions and feelings to inspire them.

And have you seen the light?

SEVEN:

A deep awareness of light and how it plays on things. How it creates atmospheric conditions, halos and rim-lights, the sparkle and contrast of highlights, the shimmer of light on water. Even the colours of light in shadows!

For years experts have said that a drawing ability is important. And some people don’t think so.

EIGHT:

But the ability to see and draw the basics is important:  Why? Because, for example: you will be surprised how many people draw a straight line at the base of a glass bottle or vase, etc. They can’t see the eclipse curve resting on the flat surface of the table.  On the other hand, a good artist is one who knows how to see, select and draw basic shapes and isn’t bogged down with unnecessary trivial detail, especially when starting a painting.

Many people say, “I wish I could paint,” but never make the time to do it!

NINE:

How great is your desire? If you really desire something, you will do anything to achieve your goal. Make up your mind what you want out of life.  You will never become a good artist, if you never get around to painting. Expertise comes with practicing often.

People often give up before they begin. Especially when they are criticized…

TEN:

Knowing your worth helps to deflect unkind remarks and unqualified criticism. And the other hand been prepared to learn something new. Am I willing to look beyond the criticism; does their opinion have a valid point?

Fame comes with doing things differently! How exciting and dramatic is your artwork?

ELEVEN:

Unique talent: The ability to translate a mundane scene or subject into a unique format, using distinctive styles of workmanship. Artwork that really grips peoples’ attention has emotional impact that goes beyond factual photogenic reality. What can you do differently? How are people decorating their homes these days? Can you start a new trend? And be known for that trend?

What is your personality like?

TWELVE:

Extrovert personality: A captivating individual with a distinctive temperament that draws people attention and is highly acceptable socially. Someone who can hold their own when interviewed on television. What do people think of you? Are you exciting to be with?

And that is not all!

THIRTEEN:

Filling the gap between been ordinary and extraordinary: Not been only the` talk of the town’ but of the universe! Has your art made a hit for a day, for a week or out there in peoples’ faces regularly? So much so that it becomes a popular hallmark brand? How often do you paint? How often do you put your artwork out there for people to see your talent?

Is it all about you? What of the people you expect to buy your art?

FOURTEEN:

Are you painting stuff that people will want to buy? Is the quality of your good enough? What do people want? Have you considered their feelings and preferences in art? Have you done your research? To start with, what do you think turns people on? What do people need? What are they looking for? What niche are you able to fulfill? What is happening to the world? What can you offer the world that will make an impact on the minds and hearts of the people?

Is it luck that some people have the good fortune to become great artists?

FIFTEEN:

  • You can’t rely on luck! No one knows you’re a great artist, unless you do something that makes people sit up and take notice. Does anyone see your artworks? Where do you display your art?
  • Sometimes it’s having the right connections! If you don’t have a relation who owns an art gallery or runs an art magazine or is a presenter on TV, you will have to make the right connections yourself. Get out there on the internet and find your niche.
  • Do you have big enough capital to finance your goals and ambitions? Advertising takes money! Isn’t it said: nobody does anything for you, without money some how been involved! What are you prepared to do?
  • If you look back in history, most of the great artists were poor! Everyone has to start somewhere. If you have a strong enough will and personality you will find a way to overcome problems, no matter the opposition.
  • Plan and research your project. Make a to-do list and think things through. Out of that, what will be your greatest move, that will turn your life around? Now, be brave enough to do something about it.
  • And it doesn’t stop there. When a snag turns up, don’t give up, just adjust your plan of action again and again, until you get results.

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Crazy Artists? No, Not Us!

WHY DO PEOPLE THINK ARTISTS ARE CRAZY?

Crazy? Weird?

  • Is it because some artist years ago behaved in a crazy manner? Perhaps from what Vincent van Gogh did?
  • Is it because some artists started painting crazy wild paintings? Like since Paul Gauguin’s time?
  • Is it the way some arty people dressed in hippy fashion a few years ago? Why did artist dress weirdly? Mainly because people only accepted you as a real artist if you dressed weirdly!
  • Is it because artists have liberated views and do their own thing? Knowing they have inner conference, they don’t really care what people may think of them!
Crazy bright colours

A5 watercolour: How green is our valley.

So, how do artists feel about been called crazy?

Crazy, weird! No ways. Not us! Don’t laugh….

It’s the `muggles’ that are crazy. They don’t use the magic that is in them! They let the real world pass them by. They don’t see the beauty that’s all around them.

They don’t take time out to observe the contrast of colours and tones, the atmospheric dimensions or rim-lights, or feel the energy in the most simplistic forms. Their lives must be bland. They have never truly lived!

Do they call authors crazy?

Of cause not! But, authors also need to use their imagination to conjure up plot concepts, just like artists have to conjure up new composition concepts.

When authors have a few facts, they still have to work out the in between stuff to get the story flowing. Same with artists, we have to bridge the basics to dramatically get peoples’ attention and imagination flowing.

Do they call musicians crazy?

Well I must admit, some of the music we hear these days could be called crazy, perhaps weird. It’s certainly upbeat and loud! So it’s not surprising art has become bright and `loud’ too.

But seriously now, the classic type of music is well thought out. Melodies must have rhythm. So must artwork to reach the hearts of those who look upon it.

Getting the composition together takes lots of work and the use of the inner soul to feel that they have reached the point where they know, this or that song is just right, perfect enough to put out there for public consumption.

So it is with artists:

We have to use our imagination and feelings to touch the senses and emotions of the public too. So, is using our feelings crazy? No, when you consider how people only buy art when their emotions are stimulated.

So what if we dress more interestingly than the average person out there! How we dress and behave is because it gets us in the mood of creativity. And of cause it’s groovy and fun to dress up.

And be grateful for our individuality. Why should we walk around being just copies, reproductions of all those dull un-interesting bland `muggle’ people out there?

COME ON, I WANT TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS TOO!

So feel free to add what you would like to say in the comments block below. Us artists must stand up for ourselves!

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Facing FEAR !?

Facing FEAR:

I’m always anxious for artists, especially beginners. If their confidence is shattered, their potential talent is lost forever. Locked away in the capsule of fear!

That is why I’m concerned about people who are scared to paint with watercolours, because of its fluidity. To me, that is very sad.  If they would only take the time to play with their brush, watch how the colours blend and go with the flow, they would see its fluidity creates the most beautiful blends of colours that no other medium possesses.

Facing fear

A5 watercolour painting: Autumn colours.

Handling the fluidity of watercolours: It’s a matter of:

  • Watch what you are actually doing. Where are you putting your brush hairs? Do you want to touch (tip) the previous wet paint and let it blend, or not.
  • Remember liquid runs easier where it is wet.

The effects, you make, depends on:

  • How much liquid, water and paint is on your brush.
  • How wet, damp or dry your paper is.

As simple as that!

When people learn to control FEAR, they learn how to use it to their advantage!

  • Amateurs tend to think they are the only ones who experience FEAR when painting. “Will people laugh at their attempt?”
  • And starting with a blank white canvas…. can be intimidating.

Everyone experiences this fear to some extent.

If anyone tells you proficient artists don’t face fears, they’re telling lies. When starting a new painting there is always a certain amount of trepidation, “What if this painting turns out a flop?” because at the back of their minds they know that not every painting is a success.

I can hear beginners say, “Wow. Does every artist feel and think that way?!”

And that’s not all!  Even, after having started on a painting, there comes a moment when that FEAR has the cheek to come back. “So good, so far… But what if I spoil what I’ve done so far?”

How does that FEAR feel deep inside? Just sort of scary?  Very scary?

Remember fear is a natural reaction:

  • Have you ever thought: brave courageous deeds usually occur during the time of horror and trauma?!
  • Fear also comes with the unknown, what may or may not happen in the future.
  • When starting any new job, there is less fear when you know what to do and how to do it.
  • In planning compositions, artists need to anticipate possible problems beforehand, to be able to handle any unexpected occurrences that may or may not happen while painting.

So when you start on a new painting, ask yourself:

  1. “Can I learn anything from this experience?” Knowing mistakes are usually learning curves.
  2. “What is the worst thing that could happen?” What are you so worried about?
  3. And if it should happen, “How will I recover from it” Always have another contingency plan of action that you can adapt to if need be.
  4. On the positive side, think: “What could be the best thing that could happen?” This question helps build courage to go forward, even when you feel scared.
  5. “How am I feeling? Can I control this feeling? How can I turn it into a good feeling?” Possible solutions: Soft gentle music, and absorbing the beauty of another artist’s work that inspires you.

Reflect on the consequences of your actions:

Remember fear is a motivating catalyst, when you consider that fear generally precedes success. As time goes on with more and more painting experience, you’ll begin to realize consequences of courage: usually happens to people who proceeded, in spite of what may have happened.

Have you ever thought of why and what makes people successful in life? They have learnt how to overcome fear. They actually appreciate the feeling of fear, because they know it’s part of being stimulated into doing something that could achieve greater success.

If you don’t do anything –nothing ever happens:

Progress and success comes with courage and wise anticipation.

As artists, one has to practice your skills often, in order to reduce mistakes and the feeling of trepidation. With each successful painting, your confidence is built on the knowledge you can do it.

  • It also boils down to, how strong your ambitions are.
  • With each small success, builds more love for what you like doing. When you love what you are doing, it takes away fear.

Solution to fear:

If you haven’t painted for some time, whether it’s three months or three weeks, I found it’s wise to loosen-up by doing a little bit of doodling first, before going onto attempting to paint something that’s important.

That is, take a piece of paper (not expensive paper) and slash paint on, will-nilly, nothing serious or complex. Anything, that gives you pleasure. This helps to free-up your brushstrokes and your mind, and allows your imagination to flow freely.

Putting passion into your brushstrokes, takes away the feeling of fear and trepidation! You feel more in control.

The reason why I said not expensive paper is because often fear comes with the thought you don’t want to waste paper and paint. Once you confidence is built through doing, you feel brave enough to paint on that more expensive paper.

Remember you make the difference, not the cost of the paper, paints or whatever other people may or may not think of you. What is important, is that you never give up on yourself, express yourself freely, in the moment of pure creativity.

For more insight into handling fear:  Check out Darren Rowse at ProBlogger.

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!

What to have more WOW moments?!

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Power of the Mind and Body

POWER OF THE MIND

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’

Illusion:

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”

Fact:

  • 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.

 Truth:

  • 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:

  • 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?

Love to hear from you. Feel free to put your remarks in the comment box below.

PS:

How to be More Creative

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.

Find more painting tips:

Start with “Painting Secrets Revealed” category, also found listed in the sidebar of any page on this website.

How is Artistic Talent Born?

Everyone thinks artists are born with talent! But in fact artists are self-created.

Here are SIX basic ways how an artist is born:

Firstly: by the inner makeup of the person:

Artists are created, by their own very inner deep emotional desires and conceptions.

  • It’s usually people who love colour, the contrast, blends and certain combinations of colours that make artists, out of ordinary men and women.
  • And how light creates sparkling highlights, rim-lights, auras, atmospheric conditions, reflections and filtering of light, etc.
  • They are people who see beauty in Nature and the sounds of Nature.
  • They don’t just see things, they see exciting shapes: how those shapes interlock with one another, perhaps how one dark shape opposing a lighter area, etc.
  • They don’t take things for granted. They are deep thinkers: what if I did this or that, how would it look then?
  • The excitement of looking deeply into things, for example how colours contrast or blend etc, is what stirs their imagination, the emotional side of their personalities.
How talent is born

A5 watercolour: Simplicity of shapes within a composition. Notice the colours within the shapes are mainly blurred and there is very little detail.

Secondly: possibly their background:

  • The environment of where they lived as a child.
  • How their mother or father introduced them to Nature and the deeper understanding of their surroundings.
  • Who taught them to think for themselves and experiment with what they had learnt. That is, how to make and invent things for themselves.

Thirdly: finding joy in living in the moment:

People who always worrying about the past or what’s going to happen in the future: but don’t always enjoy the present…. whereas artists are inclined to live in the present and value the present.

  • Active artists live and create in the moment of creation. But if distracted, the inspiring vibe they are working with or train of thought is broken; the whole concept of the painting suffers.
  • Not only is concentration important, but the emotional impact the artist is enjoying while painting. That is: what he or she is feeling, about the mood they are creating in their painting.

Fourthly: No one achieves anything without practicing their craft:

  • You won’t like doing something, unless you enjoy doing it.
  • And you only like doing it because you had some success doing it.
  • And you only have success when you persist in learning how to do it.
  • Successful artists are those who never gave up on themselves.

Fifthly: Starting out with simple concepts:

No one becomes an artist overnight. All the old masters and renowned artists of today started out as babes! They learnt stage by stage, concept by concept. For example: you only get to standard 10 or grade 12, by starting in grade one and progressing from year to years until you get to grade 12:

  • In grade one: children learn simple basic facts and how to write the alphabet! That is how great artists first learnt their trade, by copying simple shapes and colouring them in.
  • Because people first appraise art by assessing the basic symbolic shapes they see in art, you’ll find that the most popular paintings are based on simple compositions!
  • Notice even negative areas are shapes interlocking with the outlines of object shapes. And that all contour lines are outlines of shapes whether positive or negative.

 So what does all that tell us?

That the outer edge of a shape speaks volumes symbolically! For example, that is a man and that is a tree shape.

 Sixth: Art is based on emotional skill:

How the artist relates to his concept.

  • The quality of the outline edges of the shape suggests the circumstance of the situation and how the object relates to its environment.
  • And what does appeal to peoples’ emotions symbolically is how and what the colour of the inner part of a shape, was applied. That is: if the outline is a tree shape and the inner part of the foliage area is green, it shows its spring or summer time.

Conclusion:

The quality of any artist’s art is based emotionally on shape, the quality of contour lines to that of the objects surroundings and inner colour format. Simple as that!!

Notice there wasn’t much said about detail. Any detail that is included is confirmation that the object is authentic in its setting.

Do you agree with that?

  • Do you agree we all have potential to become artists if we apply ourselves to our ambitions?!
  • Would very much like to hear your opinion, so feel free to leave a comment.

Want to learn more about artistic talent:

For more stuff on using your inner creative powers, check out the Art & Fame page and also the other categories listed on the sidebar of that page.

Creative Secrets

Creativity of applying watercolours:

Painting isn’t just about applying paint. It’s how you go about it. How you get you act together, what attitude and mood you are in before you start to paint, how you mix your paints, etc. Whatever people may say, most dramas and mistakes are caused by been impatient.

Creative secrets for watercolours

A5 size watercolour: River scene.

Before beginning to paint:

Here are some creative tips:

  • Get yourself organized. Get all the necessary and possible resources, materials and pigments together, close to where you are working, so you can snatch up whatever you may need in a hurry, at any stage, at a moment’s notice to reduce any possible drama.
  • Get a big glass jar and fill it with clean fresh water. With a spray bottle, finely spray the pigments in paint box to soften the paints and make it easier to get your paints out of the pans in a hurry.
  • Play soft music to put you in the mood. Happy music helps to put freedom into your brushstrokes. Heavy beat music isn’t inspiring.
  • Prepare yourself and your creativity powers: If you haven’t painted for quite some time, get out some cheap paper (about 200 gsm) and doodle (see free art book download). Splash paint on it using free and easy brushstrokes to loosening up your brushstrokes and your hand. Don’t start with a pencil synopsis. And don’t take yourself or your painting seriously, have fun, do your thing: Tell yourself this is a tree and this is grass, or whatever that doesn’t require neat detail. This exercise prevents you from painting stiff precise neat parlour paintings (a sign of an amateur). Your want to encourage and put style into your commission or project for the day.
  • If you are still not in the mood, first peruse other artist’s work you admire. When you see the beautiful work they do, it inspires you, lifts your ego, etc. This requires collecting copies of their work, either from their art books or downloading them from the internet. Whatever you do, don’t copy every detail of their paintings.
  • Even though you plan your composition and procedures, don’t expect things to turn out just as you first envisioned it. Let the spirit of inspiration flow as you work.

Creative style:

  • Every brush stroke has a shape: The shape and size of your brush must suit the area your wish to cover. That is: Big brush for big areas. Square tipped brushes for square shapes. Round tipped filbert brushes for round shapes.
  • Brushstrokes are like shorthand. Word-for-word, squiggle, dot-and-dash! So every brush stroke talks for itself and tells a story.
  • Pronunciation: How you express yourself in speech, is the same in painting. Some things are said loudly (contrast of colours), bold statements (with darker tones). And other things are said softly (with lighter tones) and mysteries are whispered (eg: blurred misty scenes), etc.
  • Different combinations of colour express different moods. `Dead pan’ boring paintings are painted in similar tones and cold colours.
  • Assess each situation and go with the flow of things. You maybe the producer (like a stage production) but the character’s personalities take over and you must know how to monitor their performance and the production to its success.
  • Painting with watercolours requires patience. Basically you work in stages. Apply, watch and wait: timing each application according to conditions. You can’t force the `actors’, you need to thoughtfully `persuade’ them. Only assist and tilt paper when necessary. And sometimes the ‘actors’ show you a better way of doing it!

 Always keep your washes fresh and transparent as possible:

  • If you want professional results, buy and use only artist’s quality watercolour pigments. Cheap opaque paints don’t give you the same special effects.
  • The less coats you have, and the less pigments (primary colours) involved in your mixtures, the more translucent your painting.
  • Generally speaking, use warm undercoats and reserve cool colours for your topcoats.
  • Where possible use analogous colours if more than one coat of paint is required.
  • Check the hue, tone and intensity strength of your colour against the white of your palette before applying your brush to your paper.

Here are some examples of two pigment mixtures:

Have fun experimenting with your own stock of paints. You don’t know what you can create until you try things out for yourself.

Creative mixtures of two pigments

Swatches of two pigment mixtures.

Last word on the topic creative secrets:

Secrets are no longer secret, when researched on facts. Experiment with what you have learnt, until you have mastered the techniques. Then the technique secret becomes yours to expand on and magnify as you wish. Inventors create new inventions by mingling and using old facts!

Empower Your Creative Energy

Creative Power:

Determine where your creative energy lies.

  • Getting to know yourself and where your passion lies.
  • To be creative it’s important to see the world through new eyes.
  • How to respond to unexpected occurrences
  • And what energy you are using when painting!
Creative power & energy

A2 watercolour: Bouquet of lilies and wild flowers: This painting was a process of the mind,.One impression lead to another in the making of this watercolour.

People want dynamic solutions:

When actually in fact the answer is so simple ….that they don’t recognize the power lurking within the given advice. They read so fast that they miss the full meaning of what they have just read.

`It takes a wise and successful man to savour what he has read or heard’

 Capturing a vision:

Can’t decide what to paint for your next painting? Something that will be appealing, electrifying, dramatic enough, that people will want to buy it?

How to find that special scene? It’s a state of mind, opening your mind to all possibilities. It starts with drawing on your inner awareness, really seeing and deeply observing your surroundings. When you get excited about what you are looking at, that’s when you know where your energy lies.

 How people see things:

  • Right-brain aptitude: Most people see everything as objects. For instance “That’s a man, that’s a car”, etc. What they are actually doing is recognizing each object has a symbolic shape and colour. Like the moon is round, the sky is blue, the grass and trees are green, etc.
  • Left-brain aptitude: Artists on the other hand, don’t only see basic mass shapes, but they are also attracted to the emotional, moody atmospheric dimensions of what they see.

Seeing the world through new eyes:

Been creative means looking at life through different eyes, how you perceive and react to what’s actually happening around you.

Students have told me after a few lessons, they’ve started see the world differently. They saw colours they never saw before. Their world became an exciting vibrant place. Everything comes alive, looks so beautiful and fascinating.

 Sensitivity of the spirit:

Because artists know they can’t re-capture things perfectly as God created things, they resort to using suggestion. That is, creating an illusion of reality. And how do we do that?

We turn to using our inner spirit and see things through romantic eyes. Using all our senses to tune in to the mood, energy and vibes of what we see. Like seeing auras surrounding shapes and the intensity of colour in shadows, etc.

In plain language, artists live on a high of emotion to look beyond reality and fantasize. Re-arranging things to suit their abilities, assessing what they can eliminate or keep in their compositions before and during painting.

 But things don’t always turn out the way we expect:

If things don’t turn out the way you intend, it’s logical that you’ll have to change your original perception and adapt to circumstances. Especially with watercolours, you have to go with the flow and let the idiosyncrasy of watercolour constitutions work for you.

As the problem arises you’ll ask yourself, “What should I do now with the situation?” This requires:

  • Basically knowing the principles of composition. How to adjust objects and negative space so they relate better with each other in your composition.
  • Considering what colours you have already on your paper and how additional colours will be layered. If for example the area is already blue, but it needs to be green, that means you’ll need to add a little yellow as a wash. And it isn’t advisable adding complementary colours if you wish to keep the colours fresh.
  • Also knowing the constitutions of your pigments, whether they are transparent, opaque, earthy or grainy. And how they will interact, interlace, merge and blend to make special effects.

 Focusing your energy:

No one paints masterpieces when they are tense or tired. So how do you cope and work at your full potential?

The best way is to consider and assess your energy levels:

  • When do you have the most vitality?
  • When are your tired? In the evening?
  • When is your mind fresh? Early in the morning?
  • When are you relaxed, with peace and quiet?
  • When are you possibly alone to paint?
  • Can you re-organize your schedule, to make time to paint?

Find your passion, find your energy power:

Get to know yourself. What type of music do you like, that puts passion in your heart? What combination of colours that gets your creative `juices’ moving? What do you generally look for when you select something to paint?

  • Is it a special dramatic effect?
  • The blurring of action?
  • Gradation of colours?
  • Dynamic dramatic contrasts?
  • What? Whatever it is, that is the basis of you creative power.

Here comes the ultimate WOW Aaah-moment, when you realize where your crucial creative power really lies:

 LIVE WITHIN THE MOMENT OF CREATING. In the pure joy of the moment!

That is a powerful statement. Think deeply about it.

 Creating in the moment:

Creative power lies in switching off all your worldly cares, leaving behind the harsh reality of the world. And think and breathe only art.

Concentrating only what you are painting, in that moment. Feel the moment. Treasure what’s happening. It is your creation. You have the power to paint whatever you like.

 Your personal time warp:

Consider each painting a special event in a time warp. And that you are creating another dimension of time and space. You are capturing a capsule of time, and atmospheric conditions of a fanciful place. It’s your world, your vision, your dimension of space and form. Blotting out everything else, even negativity!

You could say: you are the stage production manager. You are directing procedures and planning maneuvers of the characteristics on the stage of your paper. No one else, YOU and the POWER you wield, to change things if you want to, to do and paint as YOU please.

Conclusion: The state of your mind is as important as the painting you are painting. Your energy, joy, self-actualization, is what brings out creative power.

If you want to know more, here are some links on this website you may want to see too:

How people learn to paint

  • How people learn and absorb things differently.
  • Attitude and enthusiasm is important.
  • Knowledge and research is awesome.
  • Success depends on your input.

Things get really exciting when you put your heart and soul into painting. You can’t stop yourself. All you want to do is paint. Painting is like exploring the world around you: Been part of it, enjoying God’s creations. Forever fascinating!

Early spring, watercolour.

Early spring, watercolour.

But everyone learns to paint in different ways and progresses differently.

Not everyone comprehends in the same way:

Even though I had always shown people different ways of doing techniques, I naturally thought everyone understood my simple terminology. Until I had an art student, a woman of about forty years of age, who asked me what the word `composition’ meant?

I was shocked at first and rather speechless. Surely I thought, `at her age she should know that!’ But the whole class was sitting there looking at me, waiting for me to say something. What could I say? I had to say something.

What ran through my mind was: at school we were told to write a composition. A musician composes music, etc. Then it dawned on me, not everyone absorbs facts the same way, and that each trade has their own jargon, ways of doing things. Yep, that is right, artists are another breed!

Here was a woman who needed a different approach to what was said and demonstrated. So that is why I try to explain art terms where possible in my blogs.

 If you are still wondering what a composition is:

A composition, in artists’ terms, is the arrangement and placement of objects within the framework of your watercolour paper (or canvas).

If you want to paint a really good watercolour, the trick is to simplify your composition by selecting the main distinctive objects and eliminating the unnecessary detail. Why and how does this work? People unconsciously take in the biggest dominant objects first (symbolically).

  • You only need a few details to confirm your statement. Unnecessary extra details are what I call the ‘fills and baubles’.

 Attitude is important:

People who aren’t serious about their ambitions, are never successful. Why? Because their heart and soul isn’t in it, to make it work! Someone once said `a faint heart never won what’s expected’.

So how do people learn to paint?

From experience I’ve noticed the following when giving art classes:

  • Social group: These people generally expect fun time out with friends and are inclined to ignore theory. The demo looked so easy and exciting, that all they wanted to do is get into painting straight away, and do `their thing’. So it isn’t surprising they forgot the instructions they were given and got disheartened when things didn’t turnout the way they expected.
  • Myth Group: They stuck to myths and their old ways of doing things, never growing or expanding their potential.
  • Teamwork group: Demonstration and theory time was interlaced. They were quite happy to work as a group and asked for additional advice as they worked. They learnt new things but didn’t ever paint at home. Their progress was slow.
  • Extramural work group: They kept records and their class exercises in a file for revision. And they did extramural work at home. They often came back with questions. These people advanced quickly.
How people learn tto paint

Learning curve pyramid. How groups of people learn to paint.

 Knowledge and research:

Success of any kind is grounded in knowledge. And knowledge without action is useless. It is therefore necessary to understand theory, principles and laws governing art, so you can understand what is involved when painting. That is:

  • Making personal colour charts helps you understand how colours are mixed and how to devise composition colour schemes.
  • Personally analyzing and turning theory into simple diagrams: Helps make things easier to understand and stick in your subconscious, until it becomes intuitively second nature to you while you are painting.

When I first started painting I didn’t want to make charts. I thought it was a waste of time. Can you believe that?!

I made notes from library books and then experimenting for myself. Yes, I learnt a lot, but things didn’t really gel until I made charts and diagrams.

It was only when I analyzed theory and made simple diagrams and colour charts and swatches, that I understood why academic institutions make art students do all the `boring stuff’ first.

 Doing research is awesome:

I’ve really enjoyed doing research. It’s so exciting delving into theories, interlacing facts and discovery new theories.

The `moral of the story’ is: ‘What you put in, is what you get out’

What happens when you learn something new?

You may hear or read something over and over again but not fully comprehend the full impact of the statement or principle, until one day something happens and a `new’ fact stands out like a clear revelation.

The import of the fact hits you –wham. It could be just a little thing or fact you read, heard or saw, but what a difference it makes to the quality of your work and life style from that moment on!

I recall `light-bulb’ experiences, which some people call `WOW moments or Aaah moments’.

 It isn’t wise to stick to old ways:

If you stick to the old ways of doing things you get in a rut. Your creative powers and style goes stale.

We may think we know it all, but there is always something new to learn in art. Today professional artists are breaking boundaries, challenging traditional concepts and conventional theories to get them in the limelight. Why? Trends are changing all the time. Galleries need to look for originality to keep ahead of the demand.

 If you agree with this, let me know, I would love to hear your input.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence:

People first see the symbolic form and then assess the details within the form (academic reasoning -right brain function)

Artists’ intuitive talent is based on the emotions of the inner soul. Even though they see the dynamic of symbolic shapes, they feel the dramatic impact of what they are seeing (left brain function)

Illusion verses reality:

Artists admire what God created, but they can’t reproduce what God made. So they create another dimension or illusion of reality. Adding soul, they give their painting what they feel will give impact on the souls who will see it.

Watercolour landscape of trees in the autumn.

Emotional impact of what the artist sees.

Artists look beyond reality.

Artists assess and feel the emotion of things. Comprehend the drama of contrast and the depth and blend of colour. Feel the power within the shapes, whether it’s negative or positive. Space isn’t just air. To artists it’s full of energy. Grass isn’t just green. It has different shades of green. They feel the texture of the grass even though they may not be sitting on it. Artists are aware of action and motion: how things flow and relate, contrast and mingle, etc.

Emotional impact of the moment:

Here lies a profound secret:   Once an artist has learnt to exploit his emotions and take command of his senses, he learns how to create great works of art.

For artists to live in and feel the suspension of time, the emotion and power of what’s actually actively happening on their paper or canvas. Watching how colours blend and contrast, using their brush like a wand. All is forgotten as they live within the moment of creation. Passionately involved in what they see and feel. Their soul lives within the scene they are painting, as their painting evolves. The power of imagination and creating is a heady feeling. Emotions run high one moment and dip the next, roller coasting as things unfold. You are painting another dimension, telling a story for others to enjoy. Art is therefore born of passion.

How do the general public react to art?

People buy paintings according to their feelings, emotion and senses! You could say artists create emotional images for others to use their imagination.

Is your art sensational?

  • What emotion do you feel when painting?
  • How emotional are you about what you paint?
  • How emotional are you about what you see?
  • Can you turn everyday things into emotional stuff?
  • What stirs peoples’ senses?
  • What impact will your art have on humanity?