Here's what they say about doodles: "Certain types of doodles are in higher demand than others, like map icons, hipster coffee-ware, and hand-drawn fonts. Think about what you could create and sell on your own, just by taking your everyday doodles one step further. You don’t have to go after every single corner of the market, but chances are there’s someone who needs illustrations of something you really love to draw."
Check out the complete post for more inspiration and start putting those doodles to work. And don't forget to explore the other interesting articles on their blog.
"Be Original. Originality often goes far on the internet! People love being wowed, and seeing and sharing things which are different. I recommend finding at least one thing which distinguishes you from other artists – and promoting that aspect of your art like crazy."
"Have a Recognizable Style. All the great artists had their own styles – Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt, etc. Try to develop an original style of your own. With time, when people see new works of yours, they will hopefully instantly make the connection with your name."
Why not begin to work on one of these two ideas when making art today? And read the complete post for more inspiration.
"Routines Set You Free. Some creative souls shudder at the thought of a routine, but routines are essentially the route to freedom and to an energized mind....Routines help us by creating habits that don’t need a decision.....And routines are not only fruitful when applied to the day-to-day. Creative routines are a sure-fire way to get your artistic juices flowing. Finding a creative routine will help your brain know that it’s time to start creating."
"Get Some Clarity. Perhaps you have too many choices, too many unfinished pieces, too many ideas. Or perhaps no ideas at all...Gain clarity about what you want to do, what you need to do, to show, to make. Gaining clarity will lead you naturally to your first step....One effective method of gaining clarity is to journal."
"Your Most Important Thing (MIT). The latter is the thing that will help you on the way to where you want to be, artistically. Your MIT could be about producing a work, or exploring a new method, or gaining inspiration from other artists."
"Make Your Painting POP with Pastels. Take a look at your painting and notice if there are any areas of color you’d like to emphasize. You can quickly add color to those spots with an extra touch of pastel and liven up your whole painting!" I like her tip of fixing the pastels with gentle brush strokes of gel gloss rather than using a fixative that can dull the colors.
"Add Some Shine with Metallic Markers. She suggests: tracing a few key lines in your painting, incorporating small dots or adding text to finished art work."
Some additions that I like to include in my nearly finished, mixed media paintings are: graphite accents, inked lines using a dip pen and highlights made with a white gel pen. Check out the complete post, on Empty Easel, for more ideas.
I completed this mixed media painting, entitled Abstract Female, in my art journal today.
Originally, her face was too wide and her chin was too long. A few years ago, I would not have gone in and changed the structure of her face thinking that I'd mess things up. Now I'm confident enough to paint over a portion of a painting that is not working and begin anew.
I created her abstract hair with toothpicks and acrylic paint.
If you regularly read my blog, you know that I am fascinated by the topic of creativity.
Today I was looking through my folders when I came across a blog post that I wrote many years ago. I thought that you may be interested in reading it when you are on the hunt for fresh ideas
Filling the Well: Idea Sheet
In her well-known book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron tells us that “Filling the Well involves the active pursuit of images to refresh our artistic reservoirs.” Whether we are in a dry spell, wish to jumpstart our creativity, or need a break from making Big Art, stepping back and cultivating some quiet or small art time usually refreshes our spirit. Here are some ideas that I have tried:
Make a List. When you make a list, one idea naturally leads to another idea. As you concentrate on your To Do list, a unique approach to collage may suddenly grab your attention. Fresh ideas seem to pop into our mind when we’re not looking for them. Before you know it, you will be making up an art supplies list for the new collage project.
Start sifting through the messy areas of your Studio. As you begin to organize and sort your art supplies, unexpected sparks of innovative ideas may catch your attention. Keep your Art Journal handy and write them down.
Surf the Internet and Art Blogs for inspiration. Looking at new to you images could help you dream up your own exclusive ideas for future Art Making.
Doodle. Use your doodles as tools to produce new art. Better yet, do your doodles in your Art Journal so that you can go back, revisit them and further develop them. A doodle can be an object, word or shape.
Make small art. Try Inchies, Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), or Moo Mini Cards. Many times, small art creations lead to Big Art projects.
Ask the famous What If? For example, What if you combined acrylic and watercolor paint on one canvas? What if you only used one color in a painting?
Grab the Aha experience by taking some serious downtime (listen to music, do absolutely nothing, go out for a drive or take a bubble bath). These activities have nothing to do with art but they can produce the atmosphere for original thoughts.
"Combine Firm and Soft Pastels. Try purchasing two pastel sets: one set of somewhat firm pastels and one set of much softer sticks. You’ll find that working soft pastels over hard pastels is a time-tested method that’s a good way to begin."
"Working Wet Yields Surprises. One way to loosen up and let go of some control is to create a wet underpainting, allowing colors and values to migrate. When wet, pigments often have a mind of their own, producing interesting unplanned effects."
"Try a Viewfinder. By using a viewfinder that divides the picture plane into quadrants, you can duplicate those same quadrants, lightly, on your thumbnail and initial painting sketch, which makes drawing out the elements in your scene much easier."
Check out the complete article for more helpful ideas.
I especially like the tips that Michelle Fifis offers readers to become a trend watcher.
"Make Trend Research a Daily Activity.....When you are just starting to monitor trends, spend 30 minutes a day researching your market."
"Use Your Customer or Market as a Filter. As you are reviewing trends, change your filter from, do I like this trend? to would my customer like/wear/buy this trend?"
"Use Your Own Artistic Style as a Filter. If you see a trend that doesn’t fit with your style or resonate with you—skip it! There is never a need to force yourself into researching a trend that doesn’t feel right."
Be sure to read the complete post for more great ideas.
I just received two new catalogs from Restoration Hardware. I enjoy looking at catalogs for many reasons. First, I'm interested in new product offerings. But the biggest benefits of receiving catalogs relates to my practice of mixed media art.
Here's how I use catalogs in my art:
New trends in fashion and home decor provide me with fresh ideas for future mixed media art projects.
Portions of catalog pages can be incorporated into my art journal pages.
I like to use the beautiful typography in my collage pieces.
Catchy phrases, on the pages, can enhance and define a mixed media art work. Use the actual phrases or rewrite them with unique hand lettering techniques.
Don't toss your old catalogs. When you do collage work, lay whatever you are gluing facedown on a clean catalog page and apply the glue. When you're ready to glue another piece, tear off the sticky page and use the next clean sheet. You'll keep your work surface clean.
Here's a work-in-progress, mixed media art painting of Flower Girl.
A while back I took a portrait workshop with Misty Mawn at an Art & Soul Retreat. I remember her saying that it's common to not be satisfied with a painting in its beginning stages. I did have a rough time when I first began this painting but then I finally was able to get it back into shape. I do have some finishing details to add.
I worked on this painting in my art journal. I find that it helps to first experiment with portraits in a journal before moving on to a canvas or wood panel. For example, I initially added a flower image, to the painting, taken from a paper napkin. The latter quickly fell apart. So I rubbed it off and replaced it with a paper flower image.