How To Find Your Artistic Muse
Even the most creative person can find themselves uninspired if they stay mired in their daily surroundings. Because of this, it is essential for artists of all skill levels to look for alternative sources of inspiration. For example, if you live in an area that is relatively flat, you should consider visiting a mountainous region to change your perspective. Alternatively, you can use photographs and other paintings from tropical areas to help inspire you to bring your latest masterpiece to life.
Getting into a Tropical State of Mind
Even if you have never visited a tropical island, you can easily become exposed to their natural beauty by studying photographs and videos that have been shot in these areas. For example, the movie “The Beach” has stunning aerial and close-up views of a tropical paradise that is certain to inspire any artist to create tropical art. You can also utilize the Internet to watch live feeds from webcams that have been placed in a wide variety of places around the world, including the Morocco’s and Banana Beach . These webcams can provide you with a glimpse into the area, and you will also be able to see wildlife and people interacting with the various areas.
Using the Beach for Inspiration
Some artists prefer to paint things from real life instead of using photographs and other media resources. If this is your preference, you should consider heading to a local beach in order to pick up a bit of tropical flavor without traveling thousands of miles away. This will also make it easier if you are interested in painting a scene that includes boats or surfers because you are likely to see both of these activities happening if you go to a beach that has good waves.
Other Sources of Inspiration
Once you have finished reviewing videos, photos and local beaches, you can turn to zoos for inspiration. After all, several zoos have a tropical theme that includes plants and wildlife that would be naturally found in exotic locations around the world. You can also gain some perspective about the size of a typical island by visiting one in your closest large body of water.
For example, there are more than 40 islands off the coast of Michigan in the northern section of Lake Michigan. Although none of these islands is tropical in nature, you can still learn a lot about these land masses by taking a boat tour to a few of the largest options.If you are a beginner, you might want to stick with acrylic paint because it dries much faster than oil. However, most artists agree that oil paint is more forgiving, and this can actually make it easier to work with. Therefore, if you have time to spare, it is a good idea to consider using oil paints.
Either way, however, oil and acrylic paints will both give you the necessary color palette to bring any tropical island or beach scene to life. In fact, once you complete your first tropical inspired painting, you are likely to return to this diverse source each time you need to recapture your artistic muse.
Jennifer Alston, growing up as a child, admired oil painting and using acrylics to create pictures. Her personal muse became tropical art as she was inspired by Florida’s ocean shore line.
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