|A silly card from http://www.philosophersguild.com/Art/|
When I started painting, I bought several sketchbooks. Did I use them to sketch? No.
I used these books as personal art inspiration journals where I would cut and paste photos of artwork and quotations I liked. I make a habit of looking at them all the time since they are full of ideas. Here are samples of a few pages.
This is the first page of the first sketchbook I bought. I regret failing to note the name of the author of this quote because it is an idea that is ingrained in my mind.
Every time I look at this photo, I am reminded of sneaking out of bed when I was a little girl to take a peek at my parents. One night, I caught them dancing.
The photo also reminds me of something Renoir once said; that he loved painting people and their stories.
Just fun. We can dream...
Several years ago, I took a techniques workshop from Michigan artist Nita Engle. This is a photo of Nita's painting. I purchased her book "How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself" prior to the workshop and she was kind enough to autograph it - a happy memory for the art journal.
Ah, this is one concept I need to remember. Painting in a series is a creative way of sparking new ideas by zeroing in on one subject or theme.
I personally like to create "one-zies" (one of these, one of those, ...). I'm starting a new series that is loaded with one-zie opportunities because the challenge is to do a painting based on each letter of the alphabet. The great thing is that each painting will probably kindle a few ideas for a future series.
The new alphabet series will begin this week. Already, "A is for America" is giving me a problem because my model (AKA my daughter) has been too busy to pose.
I found this in the journal, too. It's next to the "No Whining!" page.
On to Plan B. It's not really what you paint anyway; it's how you paint it. It's how you infuse something that matters to you with your energy. I guess that's what it means when they say you always paint yourself.