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!
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.
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