I wanted to paint, wanted to get “into” a project, but I had no ideas or inspiration. I couldn’t go outside and take pictures of the garden. It’s covered in snow. Not a pretty snow, a solid, icy, block of snow. As I was trying to come up with an idea, I grab two magazines and remembered the post I wrote about coming up with ideas. Looking through magazines was on my list.
Both magazines had pictures of cherry blossoms in it. This was ironic, because just that morning I booked a Spring trip to Washington, DC, which is famous for it’s cherry blossoms. I was really inspired by a picture in Martha Stewart Living with the cherry blossoms on a dark slate background. I love the look of a dark background. One of my goals for 2015 is to paint on dark paper.
It felt good to get into my project. My goal was to stay loose and not paint each flower – which is why I started the flowers and buds by splashing the pink on my paper. I wanted the background to be dark. To achieve this, I had to apply a couple of layers to the background. I think buying gouache paint is in my future!
For me this painting is not so much about the final product, but about getting started, and getting ideas flowing again.
I can’t wait for Spring and for the Cherry Blossoms!
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Good choice! I also struggle with coming up with ideas! I think it feels similar to writer’s block sometimes. I keep a pinterest board, folder on my computer, and a stack of magazine clippings to go to when it’s time to start a new project.
Thank you. Yes it must be similar to writer’s block. I know once I start I’ll be fine, but sometimes it’s so hard to start! Good idea with the pinterest and clippings.
My two issues are: not having enough inspiration and not making time to be creative. But I love the idea of looking through magazines! And I live right outside of Washington DC so I can attest that your cherry blossoms are very beautiful!
I know, making the time is sometimes the hardest part. And sometimes you have the time but no ideas! Thank you! I’ll be in your neighborhood soon. Not too bad of a drive from NY. 🙂
So interesting how you painted this one!
I bought a set of gouache paints and have yet to crack them open – I am saving them! : ) Nice work…
I almost bought some last week but wasn’t sure what to buy. Any recommendations?
I went with a set of 12 by Reeves, ACMoore – just starting out and bought so many supplies, later on I can splurge more on more colors and better quality. I have yet to attest to the Reeve goauche tube quality…
When I first started I was buying supplies like crazy. Now I try really hard to buy a little at a time and use it. Otherwise I forget why I bought stuff and it just sits. I’d like to treat myself in April (my birthday month) to a nice set of gouache paints.