In today’s podcast we’re going to talk about using your imagination in your art, even if you don’t think you have any. The idea for this episode came from a conversation between Eva Falk-Wall Simpson and Sanna Siira, who posted in the facebook group.

Podcast Ep 84 Using Imagination in Your Art

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Sanna said…

– I’ve been admiring Eva Falck-Wall Simpson’s wonderful paintings, where stories just emerge from different lines. Yesterday I saw another version of this technique somewhere. They had painted spots of watercolour and drawn faces on the spots with pencils. I had to try! I don’t know where all these dogs came from though, but this looks fabulous too! It’s great to know more versions to try. I haven’t felt comfortable drawing from imagination before, but this way, when I have something, shapes or lines, to start with, feels easier and fun 😊

And then Eva Falck-Wall Simpson replied to her comment and said…

That’s exactly how I feel. I used to think I didn’t have any imagination, but all I needed was a spark to unlock it. I think we just have to find our own way to access it. Enjoy your journey

Thank you Eva and Sanna for letting us use your words and inspiring this podcast

Funnily enough when I suggested this episode to Sandra she said I would have to take the lead on the episode as she didn’t really use imagination in her art. I then pointed out lots of ways she did. And that’s the key to it… finding a way of unlocking that part of your brain. We all have it, it’s just a matter of finding out how to access it.

Ways of using Imagination in Your Art

  • We need to go back to the mindset we used to have as kids.
  • Sandra talks about Carla Sonheim who creates art from pavement cracks.
  • Tara didn’t think she could draw from imagination before she went to college, but it was all a matter of being taught how to think differently
  • You can  create prompts to get yourself to think in different ways.
  • You can put things together in unexpected ways
  • Stories are a way to get your imagination working, imagine how the characters might look
  • One way to get the imagination flowing is to watch (not listen) to people from a distance in conversation and imagine what they are saying.
  • Even if you interpret a scene in front of you if you use a bit of artistic license or stylize things that’s imagination.
  • When you’re coming up with an idea, just ask yourself, how can I make this: Different? Abstracted? Funny? Creepy? Ridiculous? And other questions like that.

Also mentioned in the podcast

The Kick in the Creative’s first course – How to Use Water Soluble Wax Pastels 

Dan Whiteson’s (Freeform Lifedrawing) Sunday Sessions 

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This week’s creative question

Q. Do you have a secret talent, other than creating? If so, what is it?

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The best answers will be read out on a future podcast.

We hope they are better than the “talents” Sandra and I said we have

You can Tweet us your answers @KickCreatives or let us know in the Facebook Group, which by the way if you haven’t already joined, I highly recommend that you do! We will put the question up there and also on the facebook page… and of course, on our Instagram page @kickinthecreatives.

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