How to get out of a painting slump through playing with found composition

Jan 27, 2021 | Art techniques & tutorials, Developing an art practice

Fun with Found Composition

 

I’ve have been quite busy lately. Therefore, I found it difficult to stay true to my beloved daily painting practice. I felt ‘out of the groove’, and found it difficult to get back in. Today,  I want to share something that helped me!

 

I had been painting a larger painting (50-70 cm, that’s 20-26”), and I didn’t like it. After staring at it for a while, I got the luminous idea of creating a small ‘window’ of 15-15 cm (6-6”) in a piece of copy paper. I used this window to search f or spots on the bigger painting that appealed to me. I cut those out and finished them with blue, black, and white paint. Also, I used white and blue markers.

 

There were a few things that I liked about using the paper window:

 

First, I was less frustrated about my ‘spoilt’ painting. Suddenly something ‘ugly’ was only a step towards something that I really liked.

Second, the process of using the window and searching for interesting parts in the painting was fun and felt creative in itself.

 

Below I’ll show you a small video about the process, and also you’ll find the photo’s of some of the small paintings that I made.

I hope this is useful to you!

 

Bye!

 

 

 

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Below you first see the big painting on the ground, with the ‘window’ on it.

And thereafter you’ll see the smaller paintings.

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2 Comments

  1. Tricia Robinson

    How fabulous thanks for sharing

    Reply
    • Simone Nijboer

      Thanks so much, Tricia! 😉

      Reply

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