“The creative process is all about experimenting, letting go of the logical information that our brains have processed during our lifetimes, and embracing the concept of seeing our world in a much broader sense.” from The Apple Exercise – Janet Weight Reed. I like to begin my day with a warming up exercise. This awakens my senses and connects me to my materials and environment. With regard to subject matter – it can be anything. It is helpful to have a ‘jumping off point’. In this instance, I used a picture of an Iris. In itself very attractive as a photograph but lacking in vibrancy and energy.
Our minds tend to be conditioned by what we have been taught, rather than what we actually see or feel. When I look at this photograph, in my mind’s eye I immediately see a field of Iris infused with energy, light and shade.
All these images are 5 minute studies. They are all about observation and letting go of preconceived notions. Remember – it’s only paper.
It is important to note that even if your end goal is to paint a detailed, realistic image, warming up and exploring a subject in this manner will help enormously. If we were able to time travel back to our earliest formative years, (1 to 3) when the world appeared as a kaleidoscope of colour and shapes. When our young minds were full of wonder, we could regain our natural curiosity and love for colour and form. As pointed out in previous blogs…any fear of messing up a good piece of paper, can be removed by using newspaper or brown wrapping paper to start with. Simply allow yourself to put strong marks onto the paper. See all the wonderful things that your paintbrush can do….and have fun. The more we exercise and practise our creative thinking, the easier and more fluent the process becomes.
A magical hummingbird drinking from the sweet nectar of life…...rapid watercolour.