I was sorting through some old magazines and came across a few issues of the Artist's Sketchbook.* I enjoyed reading this publication and was sorry to see that it stopped publishing.
In one of the issues, I discovered an article by artist Nita Leland on art warm-ups to set the mood for inspiration. She suggested doing warm-up exercises before beginning work on your current art project. Here are a few of Nita's ideas in condensed format:
- Free Drawing - Gather a large sheet of paper and a soft pencil, charcoal or black marker. With your mark making tool, create flowing, organic lines or energetic zigzags. Repeat the process with your other hand to nudge you into your creative zone.
- Gesture Painting - Working with 18" x 24" paper, a 2 - 3-inch brush and watercolor paints, move your entire body to create calligraphic strokes. Switch hands and repeat. Play music to encourage rhythmic movements.
- Splash and Draw - Splash and splatter acrylic fluid colors on slightly damp, heavy paper. Use a black pen to create a freehand line design over the color splashes.
Why not try one of these warm-ups today?
*Note: I just discovered that you can purchase past issues of Artist's Sketchbook magazine from North Light Shop.