It's time for another ride on the merry-go-round! Jump on and join a group of artists/crafts-women as they link around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art and craft.
This month's question that myself and 6 other women will answer is " Explain how you do your craft."
I'll explain how I did my painting and illustration.
The actual implementation of a painting is very fast. I usually do it within one day. But the whole process starting from searching for an idea till a painting is finished is very long.
The most important thing in the process is the idea, the inspiration. I am constantly looking for it. Looking at other people's work is one important source of inspiration. I also go to visit parks and nature reserves and hope to find some there. Magazines, books, newspapers or advertisements, anything that I get into my hand will make me think about something that I can paint.
Recently, I found one important source of idea is from my customers. When they want me to do something that they like, I found that there is something that I never thought about it before.
Sometime, ideas come in a stream and I can develop many at one go. But sometime, I just cannot think of anything suitable. If I try very hard to come up with something at this kind of moment, most of the time it failes.
One thing I realized is that if you do more, you get more ideas. When I was painting daily before, some people asked me where I get so many ideas to paint. But actually, if you do everyday, one thing triggers or leads to another, you will find that you have so many things that you can paint.
Thus, the more you do, the better you get and the more paintings you can produce as well.
Once I have an idea, I normally visualize it in my mind how the painting will look like. The colors, the mood and the whole sensation. I get myself excited and cannot wait to put it into paper. Sometime, the result will be much nicer than what I imaged. But sometime, it is very difficult to get what I want and I left it for a while at the corner. In the second day, I try to tackle it again and normally I can achieve the desired result.
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