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Fall Inspiration

How to utilize your seasonal surroundings for inspiration.

Here in Colorado we are experiencing a colorful fall. There are different colors of leaves on every street, pumpkin patches become a hot commodity, and winter jackets are lining the shelves in the stores. This is a perfect time to utilize your seasonal surroundings for art!

I am sure most of us are aware of Inktober and the many offshoots that have become of it. If you are unfamiliar, Inktober is a 31 day drawing challenge hosted online where each day there is a new vague and challenging topic to be attempted. Although there is a lot of hype and mixed feelings about the official Inktober lists, many artists post their own versions of lists online that are a great resource to use! There is a lot of pressure with artists to do every single prompt on the lists and while that can be a fun challenge, it is not always a realistic one. These lists are great ways to pick a topic when you're experiencing artists block. I will often write down a lot of the prompts I see that interest me and save them for a rainy day, I highly encourage you to do the same.

Some great work can come from studies done during this time. Plein Air art is a great way to step into your community and push yourself out of your comfort zone. This involves physically going to a location and drawing what is in front of you, if you are interested in this style of art I recommend you look into some classes in your area, somethings starting a new technique is easier when done with a partner.

Art Study Ideas:

  • Leaf texture rubbing.

  • Leaf drawing.

  • Pumpkin sketching.

  • Pumpkins vs. gourds vs. squash comparison drawings.

  • Sunset photography.

  • Astral photography (this is a great one because it is getting darker earlier!).

  • Nature impressions in clay.

  • Costume design.

  • Creature design.

  • Short story writing (settings can be in your environment or in an alternate world).

  • Autumnal poetry writing.

  • Paste collage focusing on the colors around you.

  • Food/candy illustrations.

There is so much out there for you to explore. Try not to focus on the likes and shares, focus on the crisp cool air of this fine Autumn we have. If you try and of my ideas feel free to tag my socials, I would love to see what you all create!

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