Since you’re all empowered now and drawing up a storm (if not - read this first), it's time to get you completing a finished piece of art work.
There are certain elements I keep in mind each time I paint. And because knowledge is more powerful when shared, here are 4 tips and tricks to get you creating a finished piece of art work you'll be proud of:
Choose a theme
With an artwork, it works to have one overarching idea to tie it all together.
It doesn't have to be overly complicated, in fact the simpler the better. This was my step by step thought process in creating the piece I'm currently working on:
- Gosh boys are annoying
- What do my housemate and I do when boys are annoying?
- We eat ice-cream
- I’m gonna paint lots of different ice-creams and have a quote about boys being annoying in the middle
Wam bam. Done!
It can be something as simple as that.
Other themes could include: a topic you're interested in (like biscuits, tea, monkeys riding bicycles); an emotion or favourite travel destination.
Create a colour palette
With the painting I’m currently working on, after I painted the first ice-cream in pink and golden brown I thought “hmmm – how can I make this a colour theme?” and decided to go for a chocolate brown, cream, golden brown and neon pink theme:
Once you paint one thing – that can help you create the colour palette for the rest of the painting.
Not sure what colours go together? Nature shows us what colours work well (one flower can be made of several colours). Be on the lookout for colours in your day-to-day life that you love together - it could on the dress you're wearing, a favourite photo or some food packaging.
There’s also some great inspo here on the Design Seeds blog.
When creating any work of art, you want your intention be to draw the viewer’s eye across the whole painting (and not focused on one area).
This can be created by having the same colour or similar shaped objects balanced on each side of the painting. To explain what I mean, here are some examples in my own work:
Set yourself a deadline
To complete anything in your life, it helps to inspire the people around you with what you're creating and when you want to complete it. This'll give you the impetus to get it finished (plus they'll ask you how it's going).
Be someone who values their word, who does what they say they're going to do when they said they'd do it. Not only will it make you reliable, you'll be proud of yourself too.
What's your biggest take away from this post? Leave a comment below, I'd love to hear it.
Love you long time,