A spark of an idea is all very well and good, but it needs to be more than just a spark before it can turn into a painting…
So, I’ve been hunting for inspiration.
And, it turns out inspiration has been finding me as well! It’s amazing what’s turned up. Today, I’m sharing 3 inspirational sources that have been feeding my dragons.
I came across the Finding Rembrandt course by Chris Knight at just the right time. It starts with a brief but fascinating look at Rembrandt’s place in history during the Dutch Golden Age. Then a study of Rembrandt’s paintings and the light and style he’s famous for. And finally, how to create his artistic style in photography.
The thing is, I don’t have the fancy lights like soft boxes, flags, and back lights. But I do have what Rembrandt had – a window!
2. Cut! Costume and the Cinema
On now at the Waikato Museum, Cut! Costume and the Cinema is an exhibition of historical movie costumes. Think films like Pirates of the Caribbean, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre, The Duchess… And yes, these are the actual costumes worn by the stars!
The style, fabrics, construction, and embellishments are immaculately researched and crafted. With attention to detail right down to making the clothes look lived in or worn. (One of the tricks of the trade is a cheese grater!)
Cut! Costume and the Cinema is on until the 21st of July so there’s still time if you want to have a look.
3. 15th – 19th century European masters
I found myself in Sydney with a free afternoon. I’d had enough of all the concrete and glass, the constant growl of engines, the acrid smog and fumes, and most definitely, all the people! So I pointed myself in the direction of a green park and a nice, quiet art gallery.
And, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, I found a whole room full of paintings by European Old Masters. Woo!
Looking at a painting on a computer screen is not the same as being up close. You get such as sense of depth, you can see the techniques, the brush strokes, and the layers of paint and glaze. Even the frame has a history and a story.
Keep on shining bright,