Mar
3
2015

15 Ways to Get Inspired This Spring

Break out of getting bogged down!

Although many good things come out of winter, towards the end of January when the holiday cheer has worn off and the cold weather and ice become draining, winter can sap our creativity. Creating art feels more like work and takes effort instead of being a joy to be able to create. So to take us all out of our creative funks, here are 15 fun ways to get inspired to create this spring.

 

1. Go visit a museum. I know this sounds basic but hear me out. Go see the works of others, and many art museums have seasonal exhibits. Plus they have heat so they're warm during the winter. Or, if you really want to get creative, go to a different kind of museum and get inspired by science or history!

2. Let your mind wander. Sit quietly. Turn off your music, your computer, and your phone. Shut the windows. When its good and quiet and everything is still, let your mind wander and follow it wherever it goes. It will probably lead you to a better idea than what you were trying to create in the first place.

3. Start yourself over. Get up, go take a shower, brush your teeth, comb your hair and change outfits. Simple exercises like basic maintenance can clear our heads and forcing ourselves to change outfits can spark creativity and change up our way of thinking. 

4. Change up your environment. Clean up, move things around, and give yourself a new perspective. 

5. Create a story for your artwork. If you're painting a landscape, tell yourself what happened there and give that place it's own story.  It will help you get emotionally invested in your work.

6. Do something else with your hands. Instead of painting or drawing, start writing or play an instrument. Give your hands something to keep them busy and it will loosen them up as well as your mind.

7. Make a big mistake. Is your painting not quite coming out the way you want it to? Are you stuck because something isn't coming out just right? Put a big splotch of paint on your canvas and force yourself to clean that up or paint over it. Solving a much bigger problem will train you not to focus on the little things.

8. Look ahead. Think about spring and summer weather. Fantasize about what you could do if it were warm, and all the sights and sounds and smells that would go along with it. Get excited about it. Now use that excitement to do something fun and warm and maybe even tropical on your sketch pad or canvas.

9. Blast the music and dance! Blare some fun music and let yourself dance to it. Find something you don't usually listen to and make up your own dance moves. This will help your body find it's creative process. 

10. Test yourself. Give yourself something simple to do and then time yourself. Set a limit to do something and then try and beat it. You'll find that you can do anything you set your mind to.

11. Switch things up. Change your medium, if you only draw, try painting, or if you only paint, try sketching. Draw with your left hand instead of your right and let it challenge you. 

12. Talk to an old friend or distant family member. Catch up, reminisce and indulge on good memories of past events.

13. Take a power nap. Don't overthink it, but half the time creativity is escaping us, its just the fact that we haven't properly rested our brains. Get a quick sleep in and wake up refreshed and renewed!

14. Invent a pointless rule to your artwork. Try painting without the use of a pivotal color or drawing but only in squares. Limits force your brain to be creative and inventive.

15. Don't get bogged down. You're a talented artist. Don't think that you're a failure because you cant move past a certain thing or can't think of a good idea for a piece. You are special and will think of something amazing. Just have fun with whatever you're working on and let it take you where it needs to. A bad piece won't ruin your life or career and people want to see what comes out of your heart, so create what makes you happy. Do what you want to do and don't worry what others will think. After all, our biggest inspirations come from ourselves!


Did this help? Do you feel inspired now? Did we miss any key tips that help you get inspired? Let us know in the comments below!

Feb
28
2015

Announcing the 2015 Valentines Day Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of our wonderful winners!

 

Chocolate and Roses are great Valentines Day gifts, but soon after V-Day, they're gone. Your art is a labor of love and lasts forever! We had many contestants in our second annual Valentines Day Art Contest show us their art and tell us their story and then we let you viewers pick the winners. While everyone who gives and receives art are winners, you all chose these three to be our winners in our 2015 Valentines Day Art Contest

 


First Place Winner

"Valentine's Night"
by Uzma Nasir

"In Valentine's She is alone."



 



Second Place Winner

"Paris Je'Taime"
by Nida Zuberi

"Paris Je'Taime is part of my doodle series called 'Around the World in 80 Doodles.' This one is dedicated to my husband because it represents love and romance!"

 


Third Place Winner

"Bleeding Heart"

by Pamela Willis Watters

"A gift for a like minded friend"

 

 Lets all give a big hand for our winners, and to see more entries, be sure to check out our Contest Page. Also be on the lookout for more wonderful contests where you can win big from Jerry's Artarama!

 

Feb
26
2015

Experience the Softer Side with Black Swan Brushes

The Animal-Friendly Alternative to Red Sable Brushes

If you're looking for an animal-safe, synthetic brush that offers the same results as red sable fur, Black Swan Red Sable Synthetic Brushes are soft and resilient brushes that can be used with all wet media!

Created with finer synthetic filaments and stiffer filaments that are placed along the bottom of the brush to give it body, power and resiliency, the brush is strong and durable. Each brush features luscious, striking black synthetic bristles, seamless nickel-plated ferrules and durable matte-black wooden handles. The tip of each brush is dipped in high gloss black paint to make them easily recognizable among other brushes and highly iconic. 

Black Swan brushes stand above other synthetic oil and acrylic brushes because they can also be used in the effortless application of watercolors. See below how they offer solid, uniform delivery in all mediums.

Black Swan brushes also are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles like:

  • Angular (Sizes 4-14)
  • Fan (Sizes 2-8)
  • Filbert (Sizes 0-22)
  • Flat (Sizes 0-22)
  • Round (Sizes 0-20)

(Starting Left: Angular, Fan, Filbert, Flat and Round)

 Black Swan brushes are also available in 5 convenient sets including the Black Swan Brush Long Handle Set of 15 brushes!

You will see the real benefit of Black Swan brushes when you paint. They are perfect for glazing and creating the most minimal brush strokes. They are also superior in their blending capability and will provide fine detail work in each of your paintings. They are also excellent for portraiture and the fine details of trompe l'oeil which uses realistic imagery to create depicted objects that appear to exist in three dimensions. 

Black Swan Brushes in Action

So if you find yourself in need of an animal-friendly, cruelty free synthetic brush that can be used in all paint media that will deliver exceptional results every time, look no further than Black Swan Synthetic Brushes: Soft, resilient, sable-like synthetic hair brushes!

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