"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” ~Pablo Picasso
In my past blogs for Allurence-Art Galleries, I have talked about several tools we as artists can use in our artist arsenal’s to inspire us in the create of our art.
There are actually many tools out there that we can use as an artist and the places to find these is virtually endless. I wanted to share with you one tool/technique I use many times to get my inspirational composition juices started: the artist’s viewfinder. The artist’s viewfinder is a little simple tool that allows the artist to crop or isolate a part of an area. This tool is incredible.
Below is a photo of one of my art pieces:
This piece has many colors, designs, textures, directions and mediums. But there is a hidden treasure within this art piece that can only be found using the artist’s view finder.
By using this tool/technique, we can see many additional possibilities for new art pieces. I use a very simple view finder that can be used to look for square views or rectangle views.
Below is the view finder highlighting two areas of interest that could be used for new art.
Below is another piece that full of color, texture, design and medium
Below is an example of what an incredible piece of art could be done from the view through the artist’s view finder.
While this is a simple tool/technique, it is a very powerful tool that if you try it, will give you just another avenue for fun in creating your art.
abstract artist in Chantilly, Virginia
“Inspiration comes from a determination to devote oneself to their own art journey of hard work”
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
In a past Allurence-Art blog I talked about the word "Inspiration." I wanted to take this concept a little deeper to tell you what is truly behind MY inspiration. To be totally honest, in my art pieces, inspiration does not just happen, it is created from other many other events. Events that have the earmark of hard work behind them!!
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but my hope is that I can help a little bit by sharing my journey with you in hopes that some of what I have learned will help you in your art journey. No one told me this but when I start my art but when I seems to struggle with days between my inspiration, I decide to pulled what was successful from my business world into my art journey.
So here are my art secrets. Use any part of my art world or use none of it, I just thank you for reading my blog. To give you my history, in my business world, one of my ventures was that I published a very large newspaper where I wrote almost half of the articles myself. When I started this journey, I could not write very well and it was something I pretty much hated. So I had to develop a routine that “inspired” me write.
Routine One: I decided that each day, I would get up at 4am and either read a book on the topic I was writing about, or listen to my Kindle for about 30 – 45 minutes each day. Soon the thoughts started flowing and I could start writing my articles. If I was still stuck, I would start typing sentence for sentence what I was reading or listening too and every time, soon I was putting down the text I was typing and I was off on my own and writing my own material.
Routine Two: I would type without correcting my spelling, etc., I would just type as the words come. I think there is something about the different parts of the brain and by not stopping to correct my spelling, I was keeping the flow of creativity going from one side of the brain and not switching to the other side into a editing mode.
As I developed these habits each day, I soon started looking forward to writing and my writing increased in interest. The writing became easier and more fun.
“Transformation” by Cheryl Wilson, Allurence-Art Galleries
16" by 20" Panel Mixed Media
When I decided to do art full time, I thought I would bounce out of bed with tons of inspiring ideas to paint. Oh, the excitement was there, the motivation to create, but many times, the inspiration was missing a beat.
So I decided to incorporate my same habits from my business world to my art journey. My art world now consists of a daily routine of a pattern that I have developed for myself that works for me. I have had to master daily habits that roll into weekly habits that in turn give me my inspiration and motivation to create my art.
Each day, I start the day with 30 or 40 minutes of reading an art journal, listening to YOUTUBE, or looking at new art from my art friends I have met in the art world. I enjoy others art and let my mind run wildly into my art journey. I always have an art notebook next to me to jot down my thoughts as they come. I read a book one time in the past about being in the “Present” and have adopted that concept. I keep my mind focused on my art and what I am feeling and I do not let my mind wander to the bills I need to pay, or the phone calls I need to make, I focus on my art.
Nearly every time, when I am done, I am already thinking of one of my pieces I am working on and where I need to go next. I always have several pieces I am working on at one time. If this process inspires me, I am ready to start working. If I am still needing more motivation …. I open my art journal and start by doing a simple watercolor, or drawing, or painting. By doing this, I am waking up my inspiration!!
If I waited for that creative “inspiration” to just strike I might still be waiting!! You might wake up with tons of great ideas, and there are times I do actually, but if you do not, know that for most of us, motivation and inspiration come from the hard work prior to the moment we put our paint brush in our paint. I truly believe those that do not exceed in their art, wait until they feel inspired or motivated and do not do any WORK” in their art journey.
Stop waiting for motivation or inspiration to strike you and set a schedule with some art habits.
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson, artist
"My world without art is just "eh"