What Makes A Painting Work Art Blog
by art_composition , March 28, 2011—12:00 AM
Celebrating What You Value via Your Art
Ideas are everywhere. You can__™t begin to paint all of the paintings that are lined up__"no, they are pushing and shoving one another-- for your attention. Except, sometimes___ Some days the inspiration center wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. You are caught in doom and gloom and a drab landscape of the mind, the creative side of your is just grousing around.
In other aspects of life when caught in such a mood, it helps to act like a happy energetic person. Behavioral scientists tell us that when we act happy we are more likely to become happy. When we behave with energy we create energy. The brisk walk, the run, the dance session, energize instead of exhausting us.
Uninspired? Act inspired. Short on time to create? Enjoy whatever time you can manage. And here__™s one that works for me. Pose yourself a problem. As in ___I have this on hand__"what can I do with it?___ In this case it was a small frame, perfect for a series of three 3___ by 3___ pictures. At that point I recalled I__™d been thinking a few days ago (while standing one one leg) how some very simplified drawings of yoga poses would be fun to do. Deciding how to show them included awareness that small works must be positioned to be viewed from very close or must pack enough punch to read well from a distance. Thus "Asanas" began to take shape. Yoga not only energizes me, it energized my painting. I went from frustration from being short on time and unable to put my mind into painting to an hour plus a bit (because who keeps track when the right brain takes over) of happy painting. Of course, my choice of primary colors helped brighten my mood, and perhaps that of my viewers. A further problem-solving lift came from adding that urn of flowers to keep the work from being too symmetrical.
Instead of thinking in terms of ___my mind is empty, I just can__™t think creatively___, try thinking ___how can I express something that is important in my life now via a painting___ or even ___how can I use these supplies I have available___. Your mind may go to finding a solution to that puzzle and forget all about being blocked.
Dividers on the frame cover the joining points of the individual paintings, but I'm showing you the unframed work here, 3" by 9", acrylic on paper.