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We are on the road – skiing at #Park City and #Deer Valley. I’m not much of a skier, but am loaded up with #photo equipment in the hope of getting some great mountain scenes.

In my last #commission I took two photos and merged them together to make the final piece. It took me awhile to realize that the reference file system is a shining light in an otherwise dreary studio some days. I was so impressed with the idea of merging images that I struggled and finally achieved in getting my old, Dell Computer up and running at the studio. What better than to have thousands of images at my disposal than a few? Imagine the possibilities?

I now have a terabyte drive I have been filling with images. I see advantages in carting this around with me; back and forth to the studio and home again to print the #images of interest. It seems to be an artist is to be a collector of sorts. Some of the personal ideas may be unfinished, but they are snippets of a visual history. These images represent passions; creative stepping stones to fill big aspirations.

Here are a few ideas to keep your #creative juices flowing: 

    • Keep your file area clean. An unruly mess may distract you from the task at hand.
    • Small systems are best. I use greeting card envelopes and have sorted many of the images into subject areas and have placed them inside. The subject matter is printed cleanly on the outside, right or left corner for easy reference.
    • All images are filed for easy access close to where I work.
    • Use a folder or a clear briefcase for transferring images from home to the studio. I use a tub with handles and take the original folder with the images. When I am finished with them, they get filed back into the file cabinet.
    • Take time every week to peruse your material. It’s a constant amazement to look at a photo with fresh ideas and see something you’ve missed weeks before. For instance, this past week, I introduced a picture of Ivan (my son) and Terry (my husband) walking into a forest area. A piece that looked drab before has found new found joy.

IMAGINATION and the knowledge of when to use the material is just as important as keeping it indexed. Just as noted earlier, the creative play of mixing and matching of images can help to bring an artwork to life when you are reaching for a vision in a piece.

Asking yourself ” what can I make out of this today ” can often save a discarded painting from the rubbish pile.

Happy painting over the holiday season.

The Little Brown Turtle
ArtWorks in RED Studio
Theresa Eisenbarth

Artworks in RED Studio painting table with newly found images.

Artworks in RED Studio painting table with newly found images.