Saturday, January 05, 2013
There are times when we all sit staring at a blank canvas or sheet of paper, willing an idea or inspiration to come to us. Its frustrating when it happens. We all know it happens and we all know that it disappears again and often ideas flood in too quickly after the absence.
There are a variety of ways to look for new inspiration and feed ideas. One of these is mind mapping. This is really a brainstorming exercise, where you let ideas flow without considering their validity or rationality. They simply become thoughts laid out on paper that start to reveal themselves to you in terms of value and priority.
I found a little software program that allows you to create a map of words and ideas, but this could just as easily be done on paper. One of my ideas for this year is to create a new series or body of work. I have a number of ideas for concepts in my head and thought I’d try one of them in this brainstorming format and see if would clarify where I want to go.
You can see where my thoughts were hopping, but with a common thread of lines running through them. I can start to pull out and define more clearly the sections that appeal to me and begin the next stage which would be thumbnails of the final chosen ideas.
If you would like to try this out for your own mind mapping session, you can access the software free (for 10 sessions) via MindMeister.
Meanwhile, the crop of the painting at the top of this page, is a section of a piece that started this idea thread of lines. The piece will be a group of stuffed toys hanging on a line in oils on a 12 x 24 canvas.