That’s where the magic happens, I think.
So how do I decide what to paint?
I think figuring out what to paint is for me a mostly right brain activity.
And who can explain how the right brain works, right?
It’s intuitive, circuitous, and sometimes seemingly random–not logical and sequential like the more steady left side.
I actually applied the left side of my brain to analyze my mysterious, but oh so exciting right side, which I allow to decide what I paint: This is what I come up with:
There are at least 2 main creative processes I use to identify subjects to paint.
1. I take field trips with my camera and snap pictures of interesting angles of people, places, and things that are beautiful, remarkable, touching or fun to me. When I get home I sift through my cache and pic the winners mainly because of a particularly striking composition of content, shapes, shadows and form. From this image I build my painting.
2. I imagine in my mind’s eye the painting that I want to paint–the subjects, the people, the brush strokes, the colors, the size, the style of painting, the medium I will use, etc. I do this sometimes over days, weeks, months even years. Then I go collect and arrange the things, people, places and set them up and then take pics of them from different angles and light.
I usally visualize more than one painting at a time.
Right now I am visualizing a new series–thinking of subject matter, style, colors I will use.–In fact, yesterday, Sunday, I actually spent a lot of the day painting in my head.
I would share what I saw and painted, except that I learned a while back that if I reveal my nascent ideas before they have begun to take concrete form, it sometimes unravels the creative process for me.
I like to carefully protect my tender shoots that may not yet be able to stand up to the banter of light conversation without wilting. 😉