The Creation of an Idea
By Matthew Bates www.mattbates.net
January 16th 2006
Inspiration is one of the best things that I can hope for in my life as an artist. The best way to get inspiration is to go out and look for it. I take it as a given that there are thousands and thousands of subjects out there that are worthy of my attention. Life has a myriad of beautiful things just waiting to be captured by my imagination. I go out with the explicit intention of getting an idea. The tools that I use are my eyes and my trusty digital cameras, a Nikon Coolpix 5700, and a Samsung Digimax i6. I used to take pictures with a normal camera, but since the advent of the digital age I have been able to increase the number of photos that I take while decreasing the time it takes to develop them. I use my camera to store my ideas. I also use my camera to see if an idea that I have had will work to create a painting. I may want to make a still life, and in my head I can picture what it should look like, yet when I see that results of the photos, I am often surprised to see that my idea won’t work as I had imagined. This helps to avoid bad unruly projects. I want my idea to be lucid before I start painting, so that the painting process is but an exercise.
For a subject to be truly inspirational, it must have depth. This means that the idea must include an emotion that sparks interest in the hearts and minds of people. It also should include space and if you are lucky, a sense of time as well. When I start a painting, I have a white 2 dimensional blank canvas. My goal is to create an image that seems to have depth. Without inspiration, the idea runs the risk of falling flat, probably because without inspiration, there is little or no passion and I lose interest in finishing the painting. That is one of the reasons that I spend so much time working out whether an idea is any good or not. Here is my checklist for creating an idea for a painting:
1) Either get an inspiration, or go out looking for one
Creating art is
a opportunity to express our inspirational moments. Sometimes the idea
that I get is so strong that I get chills down my
spine, and it is all that I think about until the project gets started.
I am always wary about my ideas, because I know that they can be less
than perfect. By elaborating my ideas through the camera and the computer
I am able to see clearly what I am up against. I spend months on one
project so I want it to be a good one before I get started. I guess that
I am lucky that I like realistic subjects, this process would be harder
if I was still making abstract art. Inspiration is a very personal experience,
to be able to translate this experience into a work of art is a wonderful
thing to be able to do and I want to present the best translation possible.
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