Creativity and creative solutions can often come from setting very specific or restrictive parameters. Believe it.
Here’s an example…
While searching through my art portfolio, I found an art pad which included preliminary drawings for a painting challenge our class had been assigned. The object was to choose a subject while emphasizing in it something indicating or starting with the letters from A to L.
I decided to create a painting entitled Birds, From A to L, while adding another restriction: limiting the color/colour palette.
After extensive research and consideration, I carefully planned a draft on the sketch pad, dividing the proposed painting into sections:
A: Air > Thinking about how to depict the idea of air, I decided to show in the upper left corner a bird souring along with air balloons rising.
A: Air Study on left photo; Finished section on right
B: Beak > I chose to draw the profile of an eagle’s beak.
C: Claw > The claw, or talon, had to indicate power and strength. Again, I chose the eagle as the example.
D: Ducks > I wanted to show them taking off and flying.
E: Eggs > As I tend to do, I wanted something different and mysterious in the painting, I chose to include wry humour with a dozen eggs in a box, some of them broken. I didn’t have that many eggs, so kept moving them. It took a day of sketching to get them and the broken ones right, in my opinion.
F: Feather > Years ago, my husband brought back home a large, gorgeous eagle’s feather he found while visiting Canadian country singer icon Ian Tyson’s Alberta ranch. That feather, still on display at our Muskoka cottage, became the anchor of the painting.
G: Geese/Grass > Have you seen geese landing on fields and beaches to take a rest and replenish during their long flight? Their V formations are a sight to behold.
H: House/Home > I wanted to incorporate many aspects of birds, such as their variety, appearance, environment (wild and tame), etc. Hence, the bird house…
I: Infants > Baby birds nestled together seemed to be an endearing way to depict this letter, and demonstrated the life cycle (from egg to soaring birds to eggs for consumption) …
J: Jungle > I enjoy the beauty and personality of parrots, and wanted to indicate possibly mated birds, too.
K: Kingfisher > I looked through magazines to find the prototype for this one.
L: Loons > We have loons on Lake Muskoka. Their distinct cries across the water are so hauntingly beautiful. A visitor pointed out that the loons are prehistoric and that the eagle is more recent development, so the painting is full circle. I don’t know if the information is true. I like to think it is.
Below is the completed painting, purchased as a gift for a bird lover who has a Masters degree that included studying bird species. It hangs in a place of honor, lighted up for family and guests to admire.
- Creativity is
- can be enjoyed by, and shared with others.
- Restrictions imposed can lead to something you would never have considered.
- Choices you make as a result won’t necessarily be replicated by anyone else.
- There is no right or wrong.
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