Creative Freedom: 52 Art Ideas, Projects and Exercises to Overcome Your Creativity Block
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Paint outside the lines!
Jumpstart your creativity and inject new life into your art.
Struggling to get started? Paralyzed by the fear of failure? Find yourself falling back on the same colors again and again? Just plain stuck? It happens to every artist sooner or later. What can you do to get unstuck quickly and painlessly?
Creative Freedom presents 52 strategies for getting out of ruts and venturing beyond your comfort zone, courtesy of 25 artists who have been there, done that. Each approach is illustrated with a step-by-step painting demonstration. Together, they help you experiment with different mediums, new color combinations, fresh approaches to favorite subjects, and more. Try one a week for a year of creative adventure. Or dip in whenever you're feeling inspired.
You may be surprised at the creative liberation that comes from...
- Painting with your other hand.
- Going big with your canvas and brushes.
- Painting fast with 10-minute studies.
- Limiting your palette.
- Starting with a random line drawing or custom painting surface.
- Zooming in on one small detail of a landscape for abstract results.
- Copying the work of an Old Master.
Featuring an exciting variety of styles and mediums (oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel), novel perspectives and an invigorating sense of play, this book is sure to generate creative sparks and joyful painting sessions. Getting unstuck has never been so fun!
full time in pastel and acrylic. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of New Mexico and a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies’ Master Circle. His work has been shown, often winning awards, in 27 national pastel exhibitions since 2005. Bill and his wife, Maggie Price, combine their love of travel with teaching foreign and domestic workshops. On these trips, they enjoy plein air painting with their workshop students and on their
my “road map” because it tells me which route to follow. Reference Photo This is a photo of old ranch barns on the high road to Taos, New Mexico. The barns are old and abandoned but so full of nostalgia that I have painted them dozens of times. I use cardboard Ls to isolate interesting items and to create pleasing compositions. STEP 1 Create a Value Sketch Create a simple drawing from the reference photo using a chisel-point soft carpenter’s pencil. Concentrate on making a tonal value sketch,
mixture to the snow and foreground areas, emulating Levitan’s brushstrokes that I could see in the reproduction. STEP 2 Block In Color Using middle to middle-dark pastels in various earth colors and 2 dark, slightly softer pastels, block in the color of the fields, tree line, water and dark shadows, leaving the board showing for sky and snow at this step of the process. Apply odorless mineral spirits using an old bristle brush to dissolve and spread the pastel over the surface, being careful to
retain a clean, beautiful style. 38 Oil - Ann M. Musto Rescue a Failed Painting With a Palette Knife Most artists have a collection of failed paintings—paintings that, for one reason or another, didn’t quite work out or didn’t fulfill the vision the artist had before beginning. If you work in oil or acrylic, and generally paint with a brush, you can rescue a failed brush painting by reworking it with a palette knife. You can change the elements, effects and style to come closer to the concept
details. The flexible white tubing and the 3 white caps are given definition with thin washes of Cadmium Yellow Light and Ultramarine Violet mixed to a cool neutral and applied with a no. 7 round brush. Paint the top half of the water meter with a thin wash of Golden Green using a 1⁄2-inch (13mm) flat brush. Before that dries, using the same brush, add a more concentrated mixture of Golden Green and Mauve to the sides, leaving a Golden Green highlight in the center, helping to suggest the round