Michelle and Cello

Music art and Cello

Friday, February 27, 2009

Merry-go-Round: How you do your craft/art?

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 pa
int. 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.

Cherry Blossom Print or Laminated Print Mounted on Wood Block ($18 + $8 S & H)

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6 comments:

Easterya said...

What amazes me in your paintings is the light that you manage to bring out, the background textures which are kind of misty and the incredible details of the foreground. They LOOK simple, but they are so intricately detailed, the movement is beautiful, everything is gorgeous!!! And so are your new pendants!!!

meherio68 said...

It's crazy how one idea leads to another and the more the faster, isn't it?

'fancypicnic' said...

It's clear how much painting you do,Lily, by all of your prints! I think you're right - the more you do, the more one thing leads to another and before you know it you're brimming over with inspiration!
A nice way to spend your working day, too, visiting parks etc. Without it, without extraneous influences, I think we have a tendency to stagnate! Thanks for sharing, Lily. xx

florcita said...

It is true that you say, the more you work, the more ideas you get. Naturally, soemtimes one sort of gets stucked. But I get the same feeling that when Im working everyday, I get lots of inspirations and new ideas to experiment with!

Andreanna said...

I love your paintings. I remember doing some in art. Since I hardly do it is hard to get started.

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

Love it, love it, love it!
Thank you for sharing how you do what you do!
Sara xx