Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes

I want to talk to you this week about when inspiration strikes. I share with you a moment where inspiration struck as I was walking outside on a sunny day in my neighborhood. I created a painting that was design-driven, versus subject-driven. After watching how I made this painting, I encourage you to do the same.

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15 Replies to “Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes”

  1. As always inspirational, as soon as you watch you want to get your paints out, thank you. Beautiful painting I love it

  2. Ian, your videos helped me to be a much better painter ???? Thanks alot for sharing your skills

  3. Thanks so much Ian! I love to see how you did this. It’s a great example of how to do something quickly, and not to get bogged down in the details.

  4. Thank you. Love what you did ! And this really was a perfect image to explain what you’ve explained before but somehow this really clicked

  5. Brilliant as usual… always good to be reminded of design driven composition and a pleasure to watch you paint.

  6. Love those simple big shapes with a little tweaking of smaller shapes to bring it all together. Thank, very helpful again. Have a great month Ian.

  7. Love this video. You always make it look so easy. Can’t wait until I can loosen my painting and trust in the outcome.

  8. I so much appreciate your simple encouragement, useful ideas and believable persona. I wish you well.

  9. Another fantastic video! I really need to work on simplifying my paintings and finding the beautiful contrast from light. Thanks for sharing your color mixing process, I found it so helpful!

  10. Brilliant as always. Love design driven paintings. It always surprises me when something so simple can be so striking. I think I will pull out my flats and try this in watercolour. I bet it would work as it does not matter what the medium is…. It’s the DESIGN. Thanks for sharing your “ wow” moment.

  11. Ian….fabulous lesson on "design driven" photos/paintings….im always looking for "subject" matter…your suggestion for the former will break down the complexity of "inspiration" into simpler terms….
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience to us…a true teacher gives his/her students tools to use as they continue on their creative journey..You are that person!!

  12. Hi Ian, excellent painting , great video on design driven painting, I am forever saying to my wife oh look at that! How a shadow falls or how the light breaks through the trees. Thanks for your expertise , Craig

  13. "the same value shift and color shift…" that, dear Watson, I think may be the key to color harmony.

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