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A blank sheet of paper springs to life with something from my imagination!

 

Today, I managed to get started on a new pastel painting. (Apart from finishing-off another one that I started last year some time, this is my first art of 2012!!)

 

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The initial outline of my painting, at the end of the first session.

 

 

Up until today, I had only ever painted from photographs. Photography is a hobby of mine and, as much as possible, I try to use my own photographs as reference material. However, my printer has been out of ink for some time and I have not been able to buy a replacement cartridge.

 

So, today was different! For the first time ever, I started something purely from scratch, using nothing more than my imagination.

 

Having just about run out of excuses, to put off the day when I knew I had to pick up a stick of pastel again; I attached a blank sheet of paper to my board. And then I sat there and just stared at it, refusing to leave my studio until a scene came into my mind and pastel had been applied to paper. At one point, I even considered taking-up abstract art painting! I thought about just putting a few random strokes of color on the paper and then seeing what developed from that. Later, I almost started to attempt a mighty steam locomotive pulling a train past a station platform - which, for some reason, was going to be full of people completely wrapped-up in their cell phones...

 

Anyway, a pretty tame scene that I knew I could handle purely from immagination, with no reference material at all, came to mind. It's nothing more than a simple view of a garden, as seen through the kitchen window of a country cottage with pink walls inside the kitchen. Not very ambitious, I know - but i just wanted to get started with something and I figured that it needed to be a simple scene... Maybe, once I get back into the swing of things, I can try something a little more ambitious?

 

I have wanted for the longest time to be able to paint from memory and also from immagination. Now, just because my printer is out of ink, I have finally been forced to give it a try.

 

This is not even the slightest hint of a shuffle for anyone else - but it is one massive leap for me!! :D

 
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Vic, it was interesting to me to read this blog entry. I had not thought about my own inspiration for a painting very much. The paintings of mine that you see come completely from my imagination. The scenes exist nowhere until I paint them. I always set down to blank canvas with no idea of what will be the end result. I like bright colors and subjects that distort the mind a little bit. Feel good places that needed to exist.

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