Where does inspiration for painting come from? How to use that Inspiration to make a painting. Being inspired by autumn, Oak leaf acrylic painting
The great thing about painting is the more you paint the more you will be inspired. You will start to look at the world differently and nearly everything you see will make you think of how you can paint that. Inspiration can come from many places. Something as small as a reflection on a muddy puddle or as big as full-on mountain scenery.
Of cause, it also works the other way as well. The less you paint the less inspired you will feel and the fewer ideas you will see around you.
I first saw a photo on Pinterest that took my fancy and from that image, I developed this autumn leaf over an abstract background painting. I didn't copy the photo, it was just the idea of it that sparked my imagination. From there a series of paintings was born.
There is no denying that photos are a very handy reference and allow us to paint things that we could never paint in real life.
How do we use photos to create a unique painted work of art?
Photos can be a great jumping off point, But even if the photo is an excellent one you will want to edit it to make a great painting. Photographs can never tell the whole story. You can use them to jog your memory of a place and time or to record details to incorporate in later pieces. You have to be aware, as an artist, about what you are seeing in a photo or not seeing. This starts with being aware of the limitations of reference photos.
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.
Ever done a painting that just needs warming up? Maybe you just need a subtle shift in colour. Maybe you added so much white that your painting has ended up looking chalky and kind of dull.
Glazing over with a thin layer of colour can solve that for you.
You can improve the light and life in your paintings by glazing. You can alter the colour in subtle ways. You can increase the drama of the colour. You can add a glow to colour that is difficult to achieve without glazing.