This week’s email question asks “I am really finding it hard to find subjects for my paintings. Do you have any suggestions?”
The answer is simple. Just look around you. First you must decide what you want to paint. Will it be landscapes, still life items or people? In the event it is landscapes then you must decide which season you want to paint and having a small digital camera will help you capture the scenes for your future paintings. Do you want to paint local landscapes? If so then you can choose a favorite local scene and paint it in different seasons. If you are a traveler then your landscapes scenes can start including some of your travel photographs.
In the event you are a gardener then your camera can capture just about everything you plant and grow. Your paintings can include anything from garden scenes outdoors to arranged floral or vegetable still life to a single flower or plant or even an arrangement of gardening tools, hats, gloves or whatever you can think of.
If you think you would like to paint people just remember they do not have to pose for you. Simply take snapshots of people doing normal things during their daily work.
One of my favorite paintings was a snapshot of everyone set up at the Munfordville farmer’s market 3 or 4 years ago and other painting was done from a snapshot of the Bonnieville parade a few years back.
Have you ever noticed people checking out a painting in a museum? This could be a very good art composition or perhaps people checking out fresh produce at a roadside stand or even in the local supermarket. How about a car salesman showing a new car to a potential buyer? How about the next time you visit the library? Just look around and see people sitting and reading books or working at a computer or even standing in the stalls looking at titles. Workers building a stone wall at Dr. Middleton’s house one year inspired one of my paintings. Workers on the highway department, lineman working on the telephone or electrical lines and pole are good subjects for quick snapshots. These all make very interesting art compositions. Kids and their pets should never be over looked as good art subjects.
A good digital camera or even a cell phone with the ability to take colored pictures can capture more subject compositions than you will probably have time to paint. Just download to your computer for future reference in a file called art subjects or you can even identify them in different categories or months or years.
These subjects can easily become part of your daily painting routine. Just remember you are only limited by your own imagination.
May the Creative Force be With You,