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Fri Apr 26, 2013, 6:00 AM


We all experience the loss of our muse from time to time. It can get quite challenging to even pick a subject for our next painting. What to paint, what to paint...However, staring at a blank canvas / paper won't make it better - in this article you might, hopefully, find a few ideas to explore.



:frail: 1. PAINT YOUR CURRENT LIFE

Look around and get inspired by the present. Your siblings, parents, kids, pets, your best friend...Even yourself!

   
One life to live by XRlS  pep pill by ObviouslyCloe Untitled by NLAnipy Sleeping In by beckymillerartist
Four Fingers by sylvainArtist O drawing a bird by karrholm LOVE dad it is easy by LucyHudecova puppy by TanyaShatseva
         


:frail: 2. PAINT WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT

What is your passion? Perhaps you feel strongly about ecology, feminism, politics...or something else? Paint your favorite artist!

91 by yag65 Break Dancer by neo-innov  Shadows of Silence by Dew-Sama 2011-02-01 Balllerina by AdamAntaloczy
 Watercolor by memougler  Miss Brightside (muro) by alicexz Race Car by bobtheraccoon



:frail: 3. PAINT WHAT IS AROUND YOU

There is poetry in everyday objects. Even when they might seem too ordinary to paint, any subject can be rendered in an interesting way.
Personally, I find this exercise most helpful and I recommend doing it regularly.

First Blossom by ShastinaHell-N silver creamer by turningshadow Stokrotki by chatte-bleu K Frame by kphillips Still life with pomegranate by LORETANA
Four Eggs by Caitlin-Carnes apple by AdamJuraszekTulip by ttvlwinter sun by kochetkov



:frail: 4. PAINT SOMETHING ABSTRACT

In this exercise, try focusing on moods, feelings, lines, shapes, textures, color balance, etc. Be playful and experiment, release all your emotions into the artwork.
This is also a great way how to cope with stress. How about keeping an abstract painter's diary?

Limerence by FarDareisMai you, me and chi chi by artbytiamarie The Power is Born ( What do you see?) by Ana-LesacFloating Behemoth by zilekondic
concert by comteskyee 9 aout 2012 by Malahicha Enigme by FDugourdCaput Morea by FDugourdCaput




Do you find yourself struggling with the subject of your artworks, sometimes? Where did your previous ideas come from? 


Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below :heart:

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SoraLove Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Really awesome pictures and amazing article! Very inspirational! I get inspired by going for a walk or talking to friends about random things!
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ttvl Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the feature!!! :>
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ttvl Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
also, very inspiring works and a great idea for an article like that! :heart:
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beckymillerartist Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for featuring my painting!
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Malahicha Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much
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:iconhorresco:
Horresco Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Sometimes you can just take a dictionary, open any page and try to draw what comes to your mind about the first word you see.
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TheGasMaster4381 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
that's a cool idea! thank you for sharing :)
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting tip, I might try that (:

Thank you for reading :heart:
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:iconhorresco:
Horresco Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
But do it with caution. I never tried it, so maybe it has side effects like explosions or instant death.
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General-Sedivh Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey.

I am speaking from Hell.
I just now read your comment. Ops, I should have awaited for a warning about side effects...
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yooci Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tips, thank you!
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading (:

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OasisMurals Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I totally agree ! I sometimes just start and it will take on a life of its own. Have faith in that with an open mind and I think you will suprise yourself!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod:
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OasisMurals Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
sometimes i just start it takes off from there !
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VixenDra Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In my childhood I got that problem as well

but later I found models:
First one was Bill Kaulitz (he's got many looks to choose from;)), I sometimes portrayed the rest of the members of Tokio Hotel. I still love their music.
Later I got characters from my novel.
Then when I fell in love with :icontomsshape: our love became my inspiration. We created ourself shapeshifting sonas, so I can draw for us and practise various animal and fantasy creatures' species at the same time.
I also opened commissions, so others just give me more or less general idea^^
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful, thank you for reading the article :heart:
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zzpp14 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your gallery, your art is beautiful and I really like that but do not say that your works are excellent:iconpinklily:<small>
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013   General Artist
Hi! Your wonderful article has been featured in the Artist's Description of this resource. :heart:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :heart:

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Jarredsart Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great suggestions I often find myself at a loss of inspiration thanks for writing this ^_^
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading (:

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Jarredsart Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
its a pleasure great job ^_^
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My technique to avoid this kind of problem is to write ideas I have.
Most of the time I forget them after a time, so coming back to them when I lack inspiration is always like a discovery =)
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do the same thing. For some thing the ideas always seem to come when you don't want/ don't have time to do art.
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
True that, do you keep a special notebook for such ideas to write down?
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I keep my ideas on the sta.sh =)
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh that's a great idea (:
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could use other online solutions, but I'm yet addicted to smartphones :lol:
So sta.sh is a nice solution with the possibility using thumb of other works for inspirations :p
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artbytiamarie Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature. Great article.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading :heart:
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome! Great tips and ideas. :w00t:
What I do to get my creative juices flowing is letting my hand wonder and draw mindlessly. Either it's fate or it's just me, but once I look at the random lines, I get an idea and that's where it all starts.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really great (: Also, thank you for reading!

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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Awsome suggestions!
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading (:

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LucyHudecova Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
<3<3<3
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love: Instant :+fav:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:dalove:
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FDugourdCaput Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
thank you very much for the choice of my artwork, I am honored
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing :heart:

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XRlS Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a wonderful,wonderful article.If even one person finds motivation enough to create art through this,then it has served its purpose.
And if you ask me,i think it has served its purpose alright.:nod:
:iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2: for adding my work here.:cuddle:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks for reading and your lovely comment :dalove:
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LORETANA Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :iconhappysunplz:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Pleasure :heart:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Brilliant article! :hug:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for all your support :heart:
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Always, dear :hug:
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Tokosha Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helps so much!
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