3 EASY STEPS TO CHOOSING A PAINTING THAT INSPIRES YOU

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You've got walls.
You look at these walls every. single. day.
Do you have stuff on it that inspires you?


Here's the deal. You can add inspiration into your daily life just by hanging the right piece of art that speaks to you.

Look at your walls right now. Are they making you happy?

If not, then no worries! Follow the next 3 steps to help you choose art that you will love looking at every day.


MAKE YOUR WALLS COME ALIVE WITH ORIGINALITY AND INSPIRATION.

Step 1:  Pick a subject matter that's close to your heart.

  • Is it a particular landscape, still life, portrait, abstract, etc.
  • Make it personal: A place that you've visited, a set of objects that have a special meaning to you, a person or people you love or admire, linear or organic shapes.

Step 2: Determine the colors that inspire you.

  • Pick 2 colors from the bunch: red, blue, yellow, orange, green, purple
  • Make it specific: Is it a bright red-orange or a muted blue-gray? You get the gist.

Step 3: What mood do you want the painting to evoke?

  • What do you want more of in your space: inspiration, excitement, warmth, love, etc.?
  • Ask yourself if the painting supports the mood you're looking for.


Do some math. 

SUBJECT + COLORS +  MOOD = Idea for a painting that's uniquely inspiring to you.

Bonus tip: You can also play with format (big or small) and how detailed or abstracted you want your art to be.

As an artist, I've used these components to come up with paintings that I love to create.
 

"BE INSPIRED DAILY."

- Mic Boekelmann
 

Inner Sanctuary

STEP BY STEP EXAMPLE:
INNER SANCTUARY: MY HUSBAND JOACHIM

Subject matter
: It's a portrait of the very first person who actively encouraged me to pursue painting. He believed in me before I believed in myself. Joachim is my best friend and an amazing father to Max and Luisa. The painting is a love letter from me to him and also a reminder to all of us to never, never, never give up.

Colors: I attribute colors to people.  Joachim has always been a blue person to me, so I put a blue-gray scarf on him to support the mood I was going for (see below). The monochromatic shades of brown give me warmth.

Mood: Serene and strong came to mind when I thought of the mood I wanted to create. Joachim suffers from Myotonic Dystrophy. The painting depicts the beautiful and quiet strength he acquires through his faith as he witnesses his muscles slowly atrophy every year.  
 

BIG PICTURE SUMMARY

Life's too short to live with boring and uninspiring walls. Use subject matter, colors and mood themes to make your living space come alive with personality. It can be as simple as: "I'd love a beach scene with red and yellow pops of color that makes me feel relaxed as if I were on vacation."
Remember: BE INSPIRED DAILY.
 

YOUR ONE ACTION STEP

What's the subject matter + colors + mood that you'd love on your walls?
Fill in the blanks below and post your sentence in the comments.
"I'd love [subject matter] with [color} and [another color] pops of color that makes me feel [mood]."