Before I started on my art journey, I often wondered how artists came up with ideas for their paintings. What sort of research did they do? What techniques did they study? How did they prepare for a session? I never found any satisfactory answers – or maybe I didn’t look hard enough. So I thought I’d share my process for brainstorming and researching ideas and techniques for a canvas that I’m about to start.
The birth of a painting
In the middle of busy work loads and hectic commitments, I’ve been squeezing in some reading time. My Pocket feed is filled with articles on color theory and symbolism, color meanings and associations, the meaning and significance of color in different cultures, color color, and more color.
I’ve also been exploring and adding to my diary of personal symbols – the marks and shapes that keep coming up in my work and divining what they mean to me. A lot of these symbols and their meanings are very personal to me and I don’t think I’m ready to share them, yet. But the beauty of personal symbols is that they can mean different things to different folks! Which is what makes art so special – its beauty and meaning lies in the eyes of the beholder.
All of this color and symbol immersion is a prelude to my next canvas. It’s going to be a mix of the intuitive and intentional. An intersection of chaos and focus. Infused with personal symbols and mark making and a riot of color, and out of that chaos will emerge something intentional.
Though I have painted intuitively a lot of times, this time I’m going in deeper with the process.
While it will remain, at its heart, intuitive, this immersion in color and symbols will bring in an additional layer of meaning for me as the artist.
I’m really excited about trying out this technique. Music, paints, following your gut, just playing without judgement or care. And then calming it all down, honing in to draw out the beauty from all of the chaos. Infusing the painting with intention and love – my own brand of magic – my offering to the muse.
What’s been firing your imagination lately? I’d love to hear, so do let me know in the comments!
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