Help I don't know what to paint? Having trouble coming up with new painting ideas?
Have those creative juices run dry. Do you have artist block? Or maybe you just want to try something different but can't think of anything new.
Here I will give you a list of ideas to get you going.
After all, if you haven't got great painting ideas then all the technical skills in the world are not going to help you create great art.
These painting ideas are a starting point, not an endpoint. Let yourself start with an idea and expand on it. Working in a series is a great way to do this. Here is a post I have written to help you with that.
You also need to think about what style or genre you want to paint in.
Make a list of the subjects and styles you would like to consider. Do you want to paint landscapes, figures, Abstracts? what style do you want to paint in? realistic, expressionist etc. Do you want to paint in a limited palette or maybe even one colour? Then narrow it down to two or three subjects or styles.
Too many options can be just as confusing and stop the creative process as no ideas.
1, Paint your life.
It takes courage to paint and share such personal subjects, but the result is often a strong emotional connection with viewers, so it’s definitely worth it!
2, Paint what you are passionate about.
What is your passion? What do you feel strongly about?
Painting your passions is just another way of communicating your ideas, by means of visual language to try to provoke a reaction in the viewer. You will always have passions—so paint them!
3, Paint whats around you.
There are things all around you! You don't have to travel somewhere new to find something. Make a challenge to yourself to make everyday objects interesting in some way in paint.
There is beauty in everyday objects
It’s easy to feel like some subjects are too ordinary to paint, but actually, any subject can be painted an interesting way. Once you get a solid composition and colour scheme, you can paint any subject.
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4, Paint something abstract
As you paint, Think about your mood, feelings. Try to paint what happiness would look like or excitement. Sadness or serenity. Try to imagine how you would paint that emotion. What colours, shapes, textures. Just keep in mind composition, balance. See how those emotions translate into brushwork or lines and colours.
5, Try a Painting exercise
Here is a chance to get out that colour theory book and actually do the exercises in them. Just playing around with paint can get your imagination going and jump-start your brain. Also, you might even learn something!
6, Using poetry or a song to paint
Use a song or piece of poetry as a starting point for a painting. Let the words jumpstart your imagination.
7, Painting ideas from sayings and idioms
Everyday sayings could make some interesting paintings. Think about how you can translate the words into a painting.
8, Paint a narrative.
Tell a story with pictures instead of words.
9, Paint a historical subject
10, Paint flowers
11, Paint in silhouette
12, Paint a still life
Set it up and paint in realism, then try the same in abstract
13, Paint a landscape
What's the weather like in your landscape? Paint it stormy and paint it at night. Paint with the sun shining and with northern lights shining in the sky.
14, Painting people
You can just paint a portrait or paint them in life. At work or play. Do family life snippets. include the pets.
15, Paint seascapes
16, Paint nature
Life cycles of the seasons of plants and insects can make interesting paintings
17, Paint city life
Paint city scenes what people are doing.downtown bustle, cafe life. the city at night
Night lights in the city. Original Hand Painted Greeting Card
18, Try painting your beliefs values spiritually or religion
19, Paint fantasy
Dive into your inner world of your imagination and paint what is there. Or paint mythology or folk tails
20, Have fun when you paint!
Painting should be fun so make sure you are having some. Sometimes we get so bogged down with making things technically correct that it takes the passion and fun right out of the picture.
Those paintings that are full of passion will always appeal to us more than those perfect paintings with no soul. Your passion will show in the painting.
So once in a while, make a painting just for the fun of it—take a few risks, have fun, and see what happens.
21, Look at subjects from different perspectives
Once you choose what to paint, look at it from different angles. From the side, from above, from the inside out. Anyway you can think of. Take your time and enjoy the process.
What excites you? What touches your heart in some way, what speaks to your soul. Look around you and inside of yourself. Find your passion.
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Happy painting everyone!
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