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Adventure Series 3

Finding Your Own Ideas

Congratulations! You've finished the course!

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.

  • Identify interesting elements of a scene.
  • Experiment with different depictions / combinations of elements.
  • Find interesting relationships or patterns.
  • Test concepts for portions of a future painting.
  • Have the purpose / intent that serve to guide creative evaluation and decision making.
  • Gain problem solving experience for future work.

Gestures can be:

  • Small drawings.
  • Small paintings or portions of a painting dedicated to finding a direction or solving a problem.
  • Words and / or short descriptions that describe intent.

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:

  • Distribution of light and shadow.
  • Major shapes and variations.
  • Patterns.
  • Point of view / predominance of shape.
  • Predominance of foreground / mid ground / sky.
  • Key.
  • Format (square, rectangular, portrait, etc).

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:

  • What is your idea? What is your concept going to be?
  • What is your emphasis? Who is your "main character" of the painting?
  • Sky, Middle-ground, Foreground?
  • Close values or strong Contrast
  • High, middle, or low key?
  • What colors and set of colors best describe your idea?

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.


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