Wondering about something...what is it that inspires you? Is it color, subject or a combination of things?
For me it is a visual trigger...usually a color combination that will do it...regardless of the subject or object...the colors and color relationship of something will get the juices flowing? How about you?
It is usually the mood, setting, or feeling that I get when I see something that inspires me.
I know what you mean...I get excited about it, it's that feeling that I know I want to create...
I think it's the subject - then colour - then texture for me.
If I've been "filling my visual bucket" by looking at a lot of different images it will be the subject that all of a sudden jumps out at me and says Paint me ! Paint me! But sometimes it's a colour combination. I really love texture though... The rougher the better. I love nubbly fabrics and baskets and shaggy bark. The jesters you just posted are really cool because there's a combination of all three - the faces, the jewel-like colours and the wispy or silky fabrics and the raised scroll work and braid on the masks. Lovin' it!!! :-)
Debbie great to hear your thoughts. It's interesting to know what grabs our attention or interest. I think a subject like the Jesters gives us a chance to go crazy with creativity, texture, color just like you said......anything goes...unlike say landscape, where there is a certain expectation of something that is what it is...Painting a subject like the Jesters and Harlequin patterns, being fantasy, realism and whimsy (all wrapped up) is one that allows us to express creative ideas!
For me personally, Jesters/Jokers have always captivated my attention for this reason, I have two large paintings in my studio that are of jesters done a long long time ago. Have always found the subject screams paint me!
Glad to hear you are inspired!
How many of you PIN on Pinterest? Now that's a great place to get inspired. I have been building many 'boards' that I can reference and I can tell you I am once again stoked to paint. It has done wonders for my imagination, creativity and my desire to paint.
Nothing like a kick in the old creative butt to get the fires lit and flaming again. I will confess, I have been in a real slump for many months, call it winter blues, exhaustion, burnout, call it what you want, I was feeling really lost regarding art and painting. I was feeling like much of the joy had gone out of it for me, and as you can imagine a very scary feeling when this is my livelihood. I am not afraid to share this, as an artist we all hit the wall at times and have to work through it. Finding any method that will work short of 'the couch' and 'shock therapy is the trick!!!' LOL!
My good friend recommended Pinterest and I said what? What the heck is Pinterest? Well I investigated and low and behold I have found a way to get inspired and fired up again. I told the girls I really need this...cheaper than a therapist and a great way to stimulate the creativity and interest in what I love to do. Warning it can be addictive...LOL! but if it works I am all for it.
Check it out...its a great way to nurture your creativity and open your mind to new ideas and thoughts.
I am trying to forward a link that pertains to color. I think it is a great site for those interested in picking colors. It didn't work on chat so thought I would try it here. If it doesn't all print as I copied it I will just send the link. it is really worth checking out. You can use it on Pinterest also. This was sent to me in an email from firstname.lastname@example.org They have a page that is sent daily with lots of information on it. The main address is: www.worldstart.com Amanda is a contributior (do we have a spell check?) to the site each day. The following is her contribution for today. They do post that you can forward their link.
I love color! Love, love, love it! This site brings you all the color inspiration you could ever want and then adds a bit more! So what is Design Seeds? It’s a site dedicated to bringing you all sorts of different color palettes to help inspire your design. Whether you’re decorating the rooms in your home, planning a website, or deciding on a color scheme for a project – you are going to find a ton of inspiration here.
There are several nifty ways to navigate the site. You can start by checking out the featured palettes which are added daily and are setup blog style. So just scroll down the page and use the numbers and arrows to navigate back through the palettes.
Looking for a specific color? Well you can use the sliders labeled R, G, and B, under Search by Color to make the square next to them display the color you want to look for. Then click Go Get It, and it will search for palettes with that color, if there are any they’ll display below.
You can also search the palettes by Theme. Just click on one of the themes listed to be whisked away to an assortment of palettes that fits under that category. The categories are Autumn, Edible, Global, Spring, Vacation, Crafted, Flora, Mineral, Summer, Vintage, Creatures, Fowl, Nature, The Sea, and Winter.
If you’re a member of Pinterest you can pin the palettes you like by clicking the Pin It button. This makes it easy to save the ones you want to remember. Or if you’re decorating you can save the palette to one of your pin boards and then easily add other items that you want to add to the room.
I love this site! It gives me incredible inspiration for my knitting designs, and has helped me pick colors for our living room. Check it out today!
WOW! WOW!! WOW!!!
I'm going to have some fun here some rainy day :-)
Thanks, Nadeen, for explaining Pintrest. I have been seeing this mentioned on facebook, but didn't reallly know what it was about. Between your message and the woman's (Amanda) who sent this site I will have to check it out. Still trying to find a place to move and dealing with doctors, so not a lot of time right now, but I will at least sign up and see how it works. I didn't have time to go through this color site, but really like the concept and information provided. Felt I just had to share it. Hope everyone enjoys it and has some fun with it.
Some artists have said that Pinterest is not good to go to. If you put your original work on there they have the rights to it and can use it as they wish. I went to sign up and noticed that you have to agree to let Facebook post all of your private information, so I backed out. Also, one mentioned, that is a lawyer that a lot of the information being posted is copy write. You can be sued and have to cover the cost of everyone involved including Pinterest, the person copy write info, ect. It is a shame as it is a great idea. The guy who came up with the idea didn't think of all that. It could be good for business as there is also a new program that will take you to the store if something has been pinned so you can buy it. Would be good for business. It is just a shame that all the different Facebook, Yahoo, gmail, ect. seem to think they have a right to your copy write art or what ever. They are all now hooked up together too. I got part of this information about the copy write from Linda Lover on another paint group and the woman (don't remember her name as I didn't think of checking it) who is an attorney and dug deeper into Pinterest.
Yes I did see that info too. Great information.
I like what van Gogh said. He said that the subject was only a means to the end... being the emotion. He painted emotion. To me, this is the purest form of painting... but look where it led him... to madness, failure, and death. Are people capable or willing to accept emotion as a painting's subject or do they want to be left alone to discover their own emotional experience? It's the age old question... do we paint for our viewers or do we paint for ourselves?
I think we can do both because in the purest sense art is communication. If you are communicating emotion, then the viewer receives this message and taps into the emotion, as well. The subtext can be up to the viewer's interpretation but often that is subject to the viewer's cultural sybolism set.