Art Tips – Creating from Nature

In this week’s blog post, I’ll be exploring ways in which the natural world might be able to inspire you in your art. Many of you might already paint, draw or create other forms of art using the natural world and all within it as inspiration, but hopefully you might find some tips below that will get you to consider the natural world within your artwork in a new way.

  1. Seasonal colours – the changing of seasons can bring a whole range of different colours to trees, plants, animals and birds, whether that be through leaves (or a lack of them) or changing fur and plumage. Try creating art set within or inspired by the colours of a particular seasons – how does this influence what you are creating and how you create it?
  2. Use sound – try creating artwork inspired by the sounds of the natural world. If you are lucky enough to be somewhere where you can easily hear birdsong, try creating artwork in that setting. Listen to recordings of rainfall or the sound of the wind. These are just a few examples, but using sound to shape your thinking could well result in some new and varied pieces of artworks and techniques. Try creating a series of pieces of art based around different sounds from nature.
  3. Settings –  If your artwork has a particular focal point within it – for example an object or person – try setting that focal point within a background inspired by nature. Or place something within the natural world within a setting where you would not normally find it. This could well shift your perspective as an artist or open your mind up to new ways of thinking. It could make your work more intriguing to anyone looking at your art too. Experiment with this idea, and discover ways in which the juxtaposition of natural world and unusual setting inspire you.

These are just a few tips – if you use them to help create artwork, have any tips of your own, or want to share your thoughts, then as always we can’t wait to hear from you.

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