Friday, July 31, 2009

How I get inspired

I originally went to college as a fine art major with an emphasis on painting and drawing. I struggled for inspiration, technique, subject matter, etc. all through school as far as painting was concerned. I just could not seem to find a way to paint that felt right and that I would be happy exploring for a while. I didn't pick up a paintbrush for almost 23 years. Did take a foray into clay, however. So in 2002 I decided to do some large paintings for Jim's new veterinary hospital and really enjoyed that. Subject matter was animals, of course, so I didn't have to THINK too much.
Since then I figured out a way to start a painting without a lot of angst. Since I want to explore color and some form without being representational, I take photos from magazines that have colors I like, then move the pieces around until I have a color balance that I like. The image above is what resulted in the painting below.
Of course, it changes a bit every time I work on it, since I use acryllics and the end is only similar to the beginning. I have several of these "inspirational" collages so the next time I want to start, all I have to do is start! I guess a sketchbook for pottery is a similar idea.


Jen Mecca said...

I think you should put some painting in your shop! I love that!

Tracey Broome said...

I love the way the painting came about from the collage. I would have never thought of that! Makes me want to pick up a pint brush. You should do more painting,this one is lovely!

judsculpt said...

Saw your paintings and I agree with Jen, you should do more of them. Interested to see your inspirations from Australia

Linda Starr said...

Love the color in your paintings and your inspiration technique is wonderful.