How do you do it? Do you take a pencil and paint from a picture? Do you give an artist your ideas?
In the case of a painting, I always start by taking my inspiration from anything that interests or inspires me. In all seriousness, if I find an image that strikes the heart of me, even as it appeals to me, it’s only after thinking about it for a while that it will go into the painting. The last thing an artist wants is to be criticized for a lack of artistic talent, because that’s when their inspiration takes over, and they’ll lose their talent. Artists don’t want to create works that just appear to be their work. They want creative results that can be considered unique or innovative. This is how one learns.
For my own work, I’m constantly trying to find inspiration. I like to sit at home, work at a computer and create. I like to spend a lot of time alone because that’s where the inspiration comes from. But sometimes, I have to go outside to find it. Sometimes I have to see something live, or I have to see what is going on right inside my heart. I sometimes have to make that journey into my head, into my heart with an artist’s eye.
For example, there is one painting in particular that has inspired me for years. I’ve seen it often through a lot of different colors and shapes. Then there is another painting in my studio with the same idea. The painting in it is in red as red as it’s always been. The person who has created it is very happy. So I started in red with a red brush. I thought that is the right color for the picture. Red is good in the morning, but I love to work with red too. I think in this particular painting, it’s good for this one time. It works well with this one color. In other paintings, I’ve had different color palettes. In some of them, I could feel the idea in a different light. This image in particular always has a different vibe that I’m looking for. That’s what makes it so interesting to look at.
My best paintings often come to me when I’m having an intense mental battle. That’s where I’m looking for the inspiration. I’m trying too hard when I’m painting. I must paint a certain way because no, it won’t work. I’m painting that way because that’s what’s important to me, that’s what I know how
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