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!
photo. The painting is becoming quite abstract—allow it to develop on its own. STEP 5 Add Color Add more of the colors from the reference photo—Deep Cerulean Blue, turquoise, blue-green, dark red, medium red-orange, deep purple—continually keeping in mind the highlighted focal area. Use the same technique throughout, holding the pastel sideways to use the flat side in mostly downward strokes. Use the fixative spray between some of the pastel layers and do not blend the colors. CEDAR CREEK
not, contain a joyful spark. My familiarity with the landscape around my home allows me to paint meaningful landscapes that express exactly what I want to say, relying only on my memory and imagination. STEP 1 Sketch the Subject Begin by doing a rough sketch on a sheet of 11” × 14” (28cm × 36cm) sanded pastel paper. Before starting, mount the surface to the acid-free side of a piece of mat board cut to 16” × 20” (41cm × 51cm) using an automatic tape gun and acid-free tape. Select your palette
more work above the waterline, begin to mass in the reflections, using similar colors but darker values than what you used to paint the objects being reflected. STEP 9 Refine the Reflections Continue bringing the reflections in a vertical thrust down to the bottom of the canvas. When that’s done, take a soft brush like a no. 12 sable and make a few horizontal passes through the reflection mass. Then add a couple of cool, dark horizontal strokes to give surface to the water area. WEATHERED AND
of blue-gray; a slightly turquoise blue; two values of orange and an off-white. INLET (10 MINUTES), Maggie Price Pastel on light gray Pastelmat; 73⁄4” × 10” (20cm × 25cm) The Study To make the distant trees recede even more, paint them with the grays. Skim the white, grays and blues into the sky, leaving the top right corner untouched so you can easily lay in the trees. Paint the marshy grasses using a variety of greens. Pull the tree trunks right up over that, using the dark brown on its side
own and enjoyed it immensely. SATSUMA ORANGES & BLUE BOWL, Maggie Price Oil on canvas; 8” × 10” (20cm × 25cm) Pick a New Subject Without the assistance of a teacher, I tried another subject I’ve rarely painted. I arranged some oranges and a dish next to my easel and jumped right in. While I originally tried these subjects to move forward out of a block, I intend to keep painting more of them because they are fun! Maggie Price maggiepriceart.com Maggie Price has worked in oils, acrylic and