Stuck in a rut? then shake it up and try a different media
Whenever artistic block kicks in, I switch – to a different media.
This past month I have used watercolour, acrylics and drawing inks in the studio and outside on site
Each picture has given me ideas for my ongoing studio projects
I have then combined all the media in to ‘mixed media’; which has given me unexpected delights and really brought the playfulness and exploration back into the studio to enliven dull January days
And although each media is different, the thinking process is very similar for each picture, all sharing the common artists’ golden points of balance harmony, tonal values, hard edges and soft, saturated colour or de-saturated colour
Be guided by each subject on a case by case basis, as to the media to use to best capture the essence of the subject
For instance, fluid; soft translucent colours and fluidity suggest watercolour; blocky, bold shapes suggest acrylic or gouache, texture and shimmering light suggest pastels
Use your intuition and instinct to guide you
Everything in art is valued experience- and everything informs the other – so the more you are experienced across different media in different subjects the more your holistic knowledge of the subject will grow and this deeper understanding will lead you to exciting new works.