2. Let Your Subconscious Take Over
Sometimes the biggest obstacles in our way are of our own making, so how about letting your back-brain sit in the front seat for a while and giving your logical mind a rest?
A fun task that has the potential to produce some interesting artwork (or at least some interesting ideas) is to grab a pad of paper or canvas, close your eyes and scribble for 10 seconds!
Open your eyes, take a look and see if any shapes or images jump out at you – you’ll be surprised at what takes form, seemingly out of nothing.
3. Observe Everything
So much that goes on in daily life could be the ideal inspiration for a magnificent piece of artwork, but more often than not we’re too preoccupied to see it. Go about your day with your artist hat on and look at everyone and everything as a potential subject for your work.
Consider people’s facial expressions and gestures; watch the movement of the world around you in different weather and soak up the unusual shapes cast by shadow and light.
If you struggle to imagine what things might look like as a photo or a painting, try using your fingers and thumbs as a view finder – this can show you a whole new take on an otherwise ordinary setting.