Coming up with your own ideas is important in finding your own artistic direction.
Learn to find where you are heading and why you are going that way.
Identify and define your intention.
Gestures can be:
Studies follow gesture and are where actual composition begins. Like gestures, studies are done in small scale and are repeated until a pleasing solution emerges. In a study, Scott will evaluate:
When you start a painting, having ideas already compiled to build upon and work from can potentially remove one of the obstacles of starting.
Gather a bunch of images and ideas that you would like to paint in your library of choice (internet, hard copy, etc.).
Identify what it is that you want to do with these images.
Put words to your images and mental ideas; move your pencil/pen.
This assignment of finding images is to keep you from running around in circles to finding something to paint. These concepts will be yours. It's important that you be specific about where you want to go with each photograph. For example, with each photograph determine:
You have to make a choice.
Keep compiling these images so you always have ideas in your quiver so-to-speak.
Part of this adventure is in finding your ideas.