This has been running through my head, wondering how other artists do this. When you see apples do you just see apples or do you see other possibilities where one thing leads to something different? When does one go from trying to record what one sees exactly, to switching to an interpretation or an abstract of what one feels when they see a subject that appeals to them.
I think of artists like Shirley Trevena and the way she has so much in her paintings but some of the items in her paintings are suggestions or are broken into overlapped segments.
Look at this thread in the Watercolor Gallery at Wet Canvas. To me she was thinking outside the box when she set up her still life.
Do these artists begin with a single subject then morph it into something else - what and how does one start such a process? Do you break up your compositions or place odd objects that do not relate in a painting.
It all starts in the mind, doesn't it - something clicks that sets one's thinking off in a totally different direction.
When you see a subject do you take it beyond the norm in your mind's eye (and on paper) - do you paint what you see or do you paint what you feel when you view this subject? Do you break up backgrounds - think of texture vs. smooth, soft edges/hard edges, harsh color, soft color?
I have watercolor books where one can do creative exercises by doing collages or abstracting an object - is this one of the keys for thinking outside the box?
I looked at Terri Hill's artwork of grapes. In the beginning, she swirled like a reverse "S" of colors from top to bottom then began to paint her subject of grapes. Look at her photos on Facebook Grapes are a typical subject but I think she went "outside the box" on how she portrayed the colors and her use of the reverse "S" for color keys in the painting. The tonal qualities and textures in her painting are lovely.
How does one train oneself to think outside the norm, to exaggerate to let brush strokes speak volumes? I'm thinking it is mostly by experimenting and experience. What do you think?