And there is a blank canvas looking at you. Paint a red spot somewhere on the surface. Notice how you can’t take your eye off that spot. Start painting and try to take the emphasis off the spot. It can be quite an inspiring exercise.
If you are really stuck for ideas, try to blank your mind and let it wander. Observe people in the street, watch films, read books, comics, newspapers. Observe the gestures people use when interacting, queuing, eating, whatever. Take these everyday things, make gestured drawings in your sketch book. Use the drawings as a starting point and doodle, let your mind day dream and ponder on them. Perhaps an idea is germinating?
Try to writing down your ideas instead of drawing them. Be very brief, concise and direct. Look at the written phrases and do a David Bowie. Apparently, he would create a long list of words, cut them up and scatter them. He randomly picked them up and worked on what the unique combinations suggested to him.
Don’t over-complicate things. Picasso once said, he spent a lifetime trying to learn how to draw and paint like a 5 year old child. He meant learning to create without inhibitions. Children see the world in simple, straight forward ways. Watch how young children draw – no erasers, no rulers, just pure self expression. Imagine drawing and painting using their uninhibited methods of self-expression?
Don’t be afraid to scrap your work and planning at the last minute and go off in a totally different direction. Don’t be too precious about the idea. As an artist there is always a better idea around the corner. Now wasn’t that where we started?
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