|How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
I mostly already have some vague idea about what I have in mind when I start a painting.
That's just a basic idea.
Sometimes I get an idea about a person I met or saw.
Or sometimes I get an idea about something human or human interaction.
Like human violence, child abuse, solitude, war, etc.
I look for things I can use as motives in my painting.
I can't just simply copy a vase with flowers or a cow or dog or person.
That doesn't give me any inspiration at all.
Inspiration for me mostly comes from human interactions, what human beings do to each other.
That yields me emotions and my emotions mostly trigger my inspiration.
The inspiration shows itself while I work on my painting in the way I use my materials and colours and I compose the motives in to a composition on the canvas I like.
My idea has started a few years ago when a radio presenter asked for means to promote work of less fortuned artists from the east. At that time i could`t do anything to help them but now i think we made a start. Now we want to offer a online Gallery / Marketplace to artist from everywhere for promotional activities.
my idea is born in the strets
I am rather creative, so I have my head filled with ideas all the time.
My effort is to to get rid of ideas rather than having more of them. In that way I can focus on only a few "winning" strong ideas over being buried by an endless stream of them...
I use mainly two "idea filters":
1. A THEME: I try to paint themes: Pets, portraits, Vermeer, etc... I feel that a theme will ground very much the ideas and structure the work a lot...
2. THE PAINTABLE POSSIBILITY: I try to paint only what is paintable and simply discard the rest. Some concepts are ideal for some media and impossible for others. For example: It is very easy to show a moving train on a movie, much harder to do it on a static painting. Following that idea, some abstract concepts can be very difficult to present within a painting, so I will simply discard them...
I learned to crochet from my grandmother, the 3d shapes (baskets and later amigurumi) happened in my college days.
I'm not exactly sure how the "magic" happens, I sometimes pick up the yarn and tools thinking "this is going to be a Cthulhu" or "this is going to be a winged cat"... but sometimes I start by "asking the yarn what it wants to be..." or just starting and trying to have some idea before I get far enough into the head and face where I have to pick out eyes. Sometimes I just go "hmm, THESE eyes" and details like wings, tentacles, ears, will be added later as the form develops.
A new idea is generally a connection of two or more ideas previously unlinked. I find inspiration from anything that causes me to think... Which is damn near everything.
I think in images.
Well for a portrait, that is pretty simple .. I am just inspired by the photo of the subject. I always prefer a high resolution image, so that I can look into the eyes of the person that I am painting. For my other works, ideas come to mind from my day to day experiences and activities. If my daughter sees an animal at the zoo or on TV, I may get an idea to paint a particular piece of work. I am inspired by the people around me that I love.
my little brothers are my world:) they come up with the craziest things & i just feed off it<3
Shame and shamelessness are both inspiring.
Ideas are born constantly (sometimes while reading), but only a few ideas mature and get a structure. The audience interprets the idea and gives it meaning and value.
The brain works without me directing it or helping it to build relations with any idea. Suddenly, the brain automatically selects image-idea-emotion and lets my conscious know “Do this now!”
Inspiration is to accumulate many ideas, many images, link them to emotions, work them, restructure them, recompose them, refine them and add a little luck. To balance creativity of the unconscious and conscious.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Technology facilitates the documentation (this is very important for me).
As much the search process as the documentation / management / storage.
Besides this technology is not important in my work.
I've used life's experiences to create my works. I am inspired by the simplest things. Children in my classroom. My friends and family. People on the street. Anything and anyone is fair game if it makes you think outside the box or walk in someone else's shoes.
I've been finding my inspirations in my visions, which are often supported by music, which I listen to.
It could be anything, you only have to be able to see.
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