Hi guys, had a bit of a rough start to the day today - had the blues, but gave myself a good 2 hour dose of outdoor painting and that seemed to sort me out. Just popped down the road a few miles, checking out different spots as I went but nothing grabbed my eye (perhaps due to the blues) so eventually I stopped at the most likely place and decided to try and make do with what I found.
What's been your experience with the flow?
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Hi Richard! Sorry - Long post ahead so be forewarned :)
Firstly- regarding this painting - The play of light through clouds, across rooftop, window and reflecting in the wet foreground - lovely! The subtle harmony of tones I particularly like too. I feel it especially illustrates the mood you described. Wonderful painting - So nice to see!
Regarding flow -
Encouraging and maintaining creative flow is a challenge at times for me...
>A hike or jog outdoors always seems to work great wonders. The sun and exercise alone are often enough to set things clear. And when I return - I've usually a new batch of ideas from the pressure free play time.
>Music is something I use too. When I just can't seem to get thoughts out of the way, I'll go for headphones and music that matches the spirit of the work I'm trying to create. At times - just the commitment of an hour to this - with no thoughts allowed - is enough to get me back into the swing of things.
>Another outlet I like is the 'thought dump'. I'll sketch any ideas, emotions, and jot any "to do's" then close the book for a revisit later with a fresh mind. This usually helps free me up to attend to the creative work that needs to be done while capturing the valued thoughts and feelings for future artwork inspiration.
>For beating any boredom sludge - I hop between mediums - watercolor, oils, sculpture. While there exists a great risk of spreading too thin, not finishing works, etc. - the payoff is almost a constant flow of ideas as I take a break from one material to complete another.
Great paintings! I start this summer to go plein air more often, and it takes lot of time but it is great feeling. I learned first of all - how little i know (scarry). But then when start to go in process of scetching and planing... it really helps all that is learned. Big Thanks Richard for sharing and inspiration! I will try to post some of my plein air experiments..
I love the painterly way you have created this painting - it is very moody. I would love to get this lovely, loose effect. I think you are right about just getting started on a painting to get into the flow. It is much harder to do so when you are feeling a bit down, but the process of painting can lift your mood.
My challenge is coping with that self-critical little voice that keeps cropping up!!
Hello Richard, when I want to enter the flow (right brain) I draw circles or softly undulating lines or just visualize them and I swear I can feel a subtle physical shift from the dominant left brain activity to the right brain and a sense of calm alterness ensues. Tai chi movements has the same effect for me.
If you've never tried these subtle brain subterfuges, give a them a go, there's nothing to lose.
With regard to the painting, the window in the shed is very distracting, needs to be subdued in my opinion, otherwise I rather like it.
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