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PE: I don't know what to paint...

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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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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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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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 General 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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