This site has loads of information about every aspect of art and you can even try to become a “featured artist” with a very easy upload of a couple of images.
A recent article that caught my eye was “jump starting your creativity” – the author encourages us to question ourselves “what if?” For example, I often make quilts about cityscapes, and buildings.. so instead of taking another photograph of an urban scene and rendering it into fabricwithout much change, I could ask myself –
what if I was a mouse looking at this scene, how would it look?
Or if I was floating from a balloon?
What if I cut this image up into squares?
What if I imagined it was dark and I had a big search light?
What if I only had two colours to work with – what if they were a really strange combination – like lime green and orange?
What if I asked the next 5 year old I stumbled across to start the sketch for me……(have you never stumbled across a 5 year old?I know I have!)
What if I closed my eyes and drew it?
What if I tried to sketch it upside down?
These questions reminded me of a wonderful book by Alan Fletcher, a British graphic designer, said to have been one of the best designers ever, called “The Art of Looking Sideways” – you can see him on YouTube discussing his book which he says is “a box of goodies”!A thousand or more ways of looking at things differently.
So today – don’t forget to ask yourself how you too can look at things differently…..
……………..and if you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth