Think of each painting as an experiment. Ask: what is good about this painting? What is bad? But more importantly what is interesting about it?
Think of each painting as a preliminary for a larger piece.
See the world as pure image. Do not superimpose symbolic meaning onto the world. Use nameless color for unidentified abstract shapes.
When looking at the motif ask yourself what really matters?
Are your compositions crazy enough? What can you do to make them less conventional?
Do sketches to improve composition. Do variations to ensure adequate innovation. Can it be better?
Clarify your thinking by asking better questions about the compositions. Identify problems and then widen the problems by making them more abstract.
Abstraction is a basic principle in restructuring a problem. The more times you restate a problem in a different way the more likely your perspective will change and deepen.
Find ways to see differently. When searching for motifs look for the unexpected.
Use daydreaming to dream the perfect picture.
Hold opposing concepts and solutions in your mind to create a new point of view.
New ideas are made by making unexpected and unusual associations.
Promote different thinking patterns and then incorporate chance and accidental factors.
Look at the affect of each compositional element.
"The artist paints to unload feelings, visions, and thoughts". Pablo Picasso
"The most beautiful experience you can have is the mysterious." Albert Einstein
Brad Teare © 2009