Try this creative challenge!
You can find extraordinary subjects for your paintings in the most ordinary things.
For the next few days, use your routine excursions to notice what lies around you. Start a collection of things that you notice. What shape is that little stick on the sidewalk? What color is the leaf that fell beneath your window? What do the mottled lines in the wooden shed remind you of? If you can’t pick them up (or don’t want to), photograph them. When you’ve selected a sufficient number of items to stoke your creative fires, create a work of art in the medium of your choice.
• Make notes along the way about why you’re attracted to the objects you select.
• Consider how you might depict your subjects: representationally, abstractly, impressionistically, in a mixture of styles?
• Be open to different media. You can stick to one or go the mixed media route. Consider collage.
• Think about a theme. Create a title for your painting. Perhaps this is the beginning of a series.
Share Your Work!
When you’re finished, post your artwork on this thread. Tell us a little about your piece, if you wish.
(This challenge is an excerpt from “Creative Workout” by Betsy Dillard Stroud in the April 2010 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.)