Recharging Your Creative Energy
Forget the Big Picture – Stop focusing on the whole scene and make your eyes into a macro lens. If you are into portraits, focus on the curve of the neck. If you are into landscapes, focus on the bark of the tree. By drawing your attention to one detail and blowing it out of proportion you will find yourself changing your perception which will help you when you go back to the big picture.
Explore the Common – Paint the ordinary. This will help you steer away from focusing on perfection. By painting what is around you at this moment, you focus on the composition as it is and sharing the beauty of what is in your immediate environment.
Go Down Memory Lane – Very powerful art is created from our own personal memories and experiences. Go through your old photographs and drag through your memories for inspiration. Take one memory and sketch it. Paint it. Abstract it looking for the raw emotion evoked.
Give yourself an Assignment – Create an image file. If you are feeling in a rut, grab one image from the file and work with it. Do not give yourself a choice. No matter what the image, make it the subject of a piece of art. (you can use pintrest if you don’t want to keep a physical image file)
Drop Your Palette – If you are an oil painter, pick up your watercolors and spend the day working with a medium you have not mastered. Let your creativity be the guide not the medium in which you create.
Ask Someone What they see – Create an abstract field as the base of an art piece and then ask people what they see. Take one suggestion and complete the piece with that idea in mind.
Go for an Unusual Shape – Paintings do not have to be on canvas. Think about using records, metal cans or mirrors as the inspiration for an art piece.
Paint a Person as a Landscape and Vice versa – This helps you to see the body or your surroundings in a different way.
Make a One Color Still life – Find things in your environment that are the same color and arrange them for a still life. By limiting your palette to one color, you can play with shades and nuances of shadow and light.
Be childish – children are brimming with creativity. Let your impulse take you for a creative ride. If you just can’t get yourself to let go, ask a child to create an art piece with you. Let them decide what direction to take with the art piece.