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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