‘Coz I’m Happy! (4 ways to get inspired to paint.)

4 ideas to get inspired to paint

There are many reasons people paint, and “because it makes me happy” is one of them. But how to get inspired to paint? (Especially when the dreaded creative block hits!!) I’ve found four activities that can assist in the initiation of ideas for artworks.

1. Copy…

Refer to a favourite piece, or artist’s style, and copy the gist of it using your own style to make it your own. 
You can find these sources of inspiration by visiting galleries, artists in Open Studios events, or browsing the internet.

For example, when I saw an abstract painting by another artist, I got the idea to over-paint an under-painting to create a peek-a-boo effect. This is my result: Colour Bomb (50x40cm, mixed media on canvas.)

It looks nothing like the original inspiration, but by starting with a reference in mind, I was able to come up with my own style, and a completely original piece.

2. Paint from reality…

Paint from a real-life scene, experience or references such as photos, sketches or views-out-the- window (to whit: Starry Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh).

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”
~ Frida Kahlo

I got inspired to paint a new abstract style when I found a photo of an apartment building with lots of windows. Each window has a story behind it, and I wanted to interpret this into a painting. 
 It ended up becoming a series called “Secret Windows”.

3. Sleep!! (And remember your dreams!!)

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.”~ Vincent Van Gogh

One night I vividly recall painting the face of a woman with flowing hair and vivid colours, with a songbird whispering heart-centric secrets into her hair. I immediately went to the studio and began sketching her out.

Normally a piece this size (1.8m x 88) would take me two years to complete. Having roughed out the layout immediately though helped give me enough direction to finish her within three months. The Song in Your Heart is now for sale from my gallery in Cowaramup.

4. Embrace Happy Accidents!

Once, when I was drip painting a canvas, I popped this board underneath the canvas to catch the drips. I liked the effect so much I use this same board to catch ALL the drips from ALL my paintings! The painting below therefore, is a result of a happy accident. With a palette and arrangement aligning with chakra healing, it would love a home in a healing room or natural healing space.

3 ways to get inspired to paint

There are many reasons people paint… “Because it makes me happy” is one of them.

With love, and shiny intentions,
Shine on!
❤ Anita Revel

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Original: 40x85cm, acrylic on MDF (ready to hang), $188 pick up Cowaramup

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