i paint objects as I think them, not as I see them - pablo picasso
Do you sometimes get stuck for inspiration? – You really feel like creating something, you have a story to tell but when you sit down there’s nothing there – blank, zero ideas, you find you don’t know where to start.
I’ve found that when this happens i can invoke my imagination by relaxing, not panicking, taking a deep breath and sinking into quietness. If I remember that I have a vivid and powerful imagination and pay attention to it then I find ideas surfacing. As a child I had wonderful imaginary games, with invisible playmates, - still do sometimes. Paying attention to our imagination is a practice that we need to cultivate, to develop; it can help us summon up sensory experiences and emotional responses.
Our imagination is associated with our five senses – visual (sight), auditory (hearing), kinesthetic (how our bodies feel) gustatory (taste) and olfactory (smell). Although we may favor one type of sense, when invoking our imagination we can learn to develop our other senses – helping us to give more substance to our experiences, enabling us to tell our stories with greater depth.
What sensations do I feel in my body, what would this experience sound like or what smells are associated with the story I want to tell. All this information helps to build the experience; it gives an idea for the physical texture, the colours, and the emotions we want to explain. I think it is important that as artists we collect this information, use it to build a repertoire of sensory data, we need to remember that art should speak to all our senses – that it is a representation of our imaginations and our reality. And then there is our sixth sense.... I have a sneaking suspicion that this is where it might all begin.