Recently, I took part in an interesting conversation at RealArtShare‘s site. I love being around interesting people. We were talking about staying inspired. Kathleen Smith asked:
Lucy, I saw your site and all of your artwork. Very nice! How do you keep your motivation to paint? I am always amazed when I hear about artists that have painted 100′s of paintings or more. I struggle to make myself paint one painting a month.
Kathleen’s comment really got me thinking; how do I keep artwork from becoming drudgery? One way I am refreshed is through interacting with other artists, writers, photographers, bloggers. I am often inspired by their unique perspectives. I also take notes and do quick sketches or several detailed studies, or doodle, or fiddle and experiment with a piece that never quite came together. In the discussion I also shared other ways I get in the mood:
That’s a tough question because sometimes I don’t feel motivated, but I have periods in my past I regretted getting away from it for a long time, so I decided to paint a little every day. That way, my materials are always handy, I keep from getting rusty, and when I’m inspired nothing hinders.
On days I am not so inspired, I browse my sketches I made when I was excited but too busy with real work, or do a study of colors or a study of shadows, or mix the colors in my pallet trying to make a specific shade, experiment, do a postcard size painting, or look at other people’s different techniques in galleries or online.
I also save my major work in progress to paint only on days that I am excited to work on it. Sometimes I have two different types of paintings in progress that appeal to different moods for working.
Hopefully, some of these ideas will work for you too.
Lucy J. Lowry
Today’s blog was inspired by RealArtShare’spost and following discussions in the comments. Find out more at the original Real Art Share post called Learning to Oil Paint at http://realartshare.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/learning-to-oil-paint/
Another painter who paints every day is Violetski, and her sketches are posted with commentary from the playful point of view of her cat Malus. Intrigued, Violet’s page at VioletGallery.wordpress.com shows her daily sketches and paintings.
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