The worst affliction an artist can have is the dreaded ‘Artist’s Block’. It can come at any time, even during the production of an artwork, regardless of age and experience.

One way that I avoid that situation occurring is to have some ideas on ‘standby’. I have rather a large collection of A4-size photos that I have printed as the result of my many trips.

If I am ever short of inspiration I pick up one or more of the piles of photos and slowly sort through the collection and find a photo or two, that take my fancy. Then it’s away to the drawing table!

My latest ‘idea’ has seen the creation of a rock nursery (actually I have 2) that is (at times) completely covered in water and littered with some of the beautiful stones that I have collected over several years.

This collection is often added to or deleted. I also re-arrange the rocks, thereby creating new and interesting compositions. I often photograph the collection at certain times of the day depending on the light conditions.

As you can see, I have included some of my latest photos.

If I want to paint on a day when I’m not really sure on what I want subject-wise, I can always find something of interest in either of my ‘rock nursery’!


About artkleko

artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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4 Responses to AN IDEAS NURSERY

  1. Gerry says:

    Great to have an ideas nursery – I have the same with all sorts of still life objects – Trevs” not sure if that is an excuse to buy interesting items or not – but they do end up being part of a painting eventually. And as you say when the dreaded “what to paint next hits” – you can just go ideas shopping in what is around you!

  2. When I have artistic blocks (a lack of ideas) I will go through my inventory of completed pieces and pick a couple. My intention is to create a new piece. I try not to think ahead in the selection. More like random selection. Or abstraction. The idea and process being unknown. This process usually results in a new piece and direction for further work.

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