There are times when I just can't seem to find that  spark needed to pick up the brush... kind of like having the dulldroms.    Would appreciate hearing what inspires and motivates others to keep going through the tough times.

Many thanks.  

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i joined an online challenge on Wet Canvas - Weekly Drawing Event that keeps me painting most weekends. the idea is to paint or draw one (it says drawing but most people paint) of the supplied images (usually 16 to chose from) in 2 hours. you can go over 2 hours but you're supposed to post the progress at 2 hours at least. sometimes i do... lol, and often go over 2 hours.

If i don't join in the painting, most images are allowed for freely painting from (no copyright, etc). if i'm in the doldrums as you say, i will just play in Photoshop with my collection of reference images (from wet canvas, my personal photos, a few miscellaneous sources). i'll play with the composition, cropping, colors etc. until i come up with something painting worthy and save it for another day when i am more ambitious. :o)

other inspirations

- getting out the camera and go picture taking

- an afternoon perusing the local art galleries

I'll admit right away, I haven't experienced this yet. BUT since joining TAC less than three weeks ago, this site has given me many more ideas and inspirations. I find perusing others art here gives me a new addition to my Art To Do list at least daily. It could be a colour that inspires, an image, the subject matter, who knows? Viewing others art here at TAC has been wonderful experience! Thanks to all the TAC members for their willingness to share their art, ideas, support and feedback!

Great idea, thanks for mentioning the WC-WDE. I will have to check that one out. I love going to museums, galleries and shows for inspiration.



Michael Beckett said:

i joined an online challenge on Wet Canvas - Weekly Drawing Event that keeps me painting most weekends. the idea is to paint or draw one (it says drawing but most people paint) of the supplied images (usually 16 to chose from) in 2 hours. you can go over 2 hours but you're supposed to post the progress at 2 hours at least. sometimes i do... lol, and often go over 2 hours.

If i don't join in the painting, most images are allowed for freely painting from (no copyright, etc). if i'm in the doldrums as you say, i will just play in Photoshop with my collection of reference images (from wet canvas, my personal photos, a few miscellaneous sources). i'll play with the composition, cropping, colors etc. until i come up with something painting worthy and save it for another day when i am more ambitious. :o)

other inspirations

- getting out the camera and go picture taking

- an afternoon perusing the local art galleries

Hi Francesca,  I do not have much energy and find that if I have a deadline to meet,  I will do it.   I join the swaps here on TAC  and another site where we exchange seasonal cards.  That keeps me busy and into the paints and as I am doing them, other ideas pop into my mind.   I love mixed media, so I use it all.   Really trying to master watercolors now.  Did I say master!?!?!  Foolish me.   I meant LEARM.   Have a wonderful day and good thoughts!

Showing someone else your process can be quite enlightening, as they often ask questions or have viewpoints you may never have considered. I find a good conversation about what I'm working on and thinking about gets my mind racing to keep working and find bigger and better ways of achieving my goals. This does have the challenge of finding some poor unfortunate soul who will listen for hours on end, but I find plying them with food and drink makes them much more agreeable. 

I think that part of being an artist is always having the need to explore-I find overwhelming inspiration by searching out everything that I have not seen-yet-I just discovered Svetlana Kolosova-I am so thrilled to see this artwork-please take a look at what she is doing! I am now heading for my paints!! :>)

I find that i need to release things. A little like dreaming art for me is about juggling issues,feelings,thoughts. It is a way to come to terms with the complexity of being alive. I suppose what i am saying is that i just do it and let it flow,the energy and creativity are in control. If it works it works and if not then thats fine since it balances the whole process overall.

what do you do? to be original, i mean?

do you have to draw something from inside your head? or are you allowed to use a photograph from somewhere?

what about copying famous pictures? like if i copy a van gogh picture and use coloured pencils?

or i have some korean postcards i feel like copying with coloured pencils> 

am i advised to do this? or not?

Hello Michele, I think you should do whatever YOU feel, try out all the avenues that you ponder, I have learned hat personally there is no bad art, it is all an exercise, nothing is ever perfect and the imperfections are what makes it special ad unique. Don't get hung up on details or form esp if you are just starting out, just have fun, ART IS FUN, make it so!

thank you kenneth are those details then? because i don't know exactly what to draw! tell me,is it ok to use a postcard or someone else's picture? not for sale, just for fun.

Yes it is ok if that is what you want to do! A lot of artists use pictures and post cards to draw from, some end up doing realistic replicas and others end up with an abstract or representation of the original, it is all up tp you as the artist!

My mother always said..."Do what you like and you will love what you do?" (An old saying) I think we all have better days where we create a drawing we love. Other days....all seems wrong. So....I guess I would say, that is I draw what I love....I flow with it? 

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