6 Art Tricks Cats Taught Me
Painting can be fun. It can also be a real challenge. There are days when my hand fails to translate onto canvas the vision in my mind's eye. Even the simple act of blending colors can sometimes prove vexing, and I end up wasting gobs of paint in the process.
Here are 6 tricks I learned from cats.
Or make a note for future use. In this way, I won't be wasting time staring at a blank canvas, although the act of staring –
as you'll later see – has a rightful place in the creative process.
adds texture, and overall, enriches the surface. To scratch, I use a variety of objects whose primary intended purpose is for anything other than painting. These include wooden barbecue sticks, corn whisks, and a seamstress's tracing tool!
Inspiration can be coaxed not only from outside stimuli but also from quiet thoughts within. This is especially true for my abstract paintings, which are intuitive. Color selection and placement are applied quickly and at random. After several layers, a form begins to emerge, grow, and evolve. And then, the painting is on its way. If this sounds easy, it's not, because there are always multiple forks on the road. This leads me to the next lesson.
Creative contemplation happens when the mind is relaxed. It becomes more receptive, allowing for new thoughts
and ideas to flow. Aha! But when all else fails….
While I'm not a napper, I'm a big fan of a solid night's sleep. Sometimes, you just gotta leave the painting alone
and save fun for the next day.