Sunday, April 26, 2020

Creative Art Prompts from the Local Artists of Artistic Journeys

Creative Art Prompts from the Local Artists of Artistic Journeys

Creative Art Prompts from the Chicago Suburban Artists of Artistic Journeys


The combination between our time at home and the awakening and renewal of spring makes now a wonderful time to fuel our creative sides. Sometimes, though, getting start may prove to be a challenge. I am thrilled to share that I have a collection of art prompts from the talented artists of Artistic Journeys to help spark inspiration and your own artistic journey:



Art Prompt from Oil Painter Carol Foster:


Local oil painter Carol Foster draws her inspiration from nature and pets. You can journey through her art at Foster Moments and in displays in local exhibits and shows. Carol and other Artistic Journeys Artists have artwork on display and for sale at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington. So, when the center opens again take a look!


For a spark of creativity, Carol suggests:


Spend time in nature, just be still, listen and really focus on the beauty all around. Springtime is a time of hope, renewal and daffodils! Daffodils are a symbol of cancer survivors. We will survive the disease that has changed our world through kindness, creating conduits of love and caring for the earth.



Daffodils as a sign of hope and renewal by artist Carol Foster. Image credit Foster Moments.
Daffodils as a sign of hope and renewal by artist Carol Foster. Image credit Foster Moments.
Multiple Creative Journeys by Painter and Eco-Artist Lisa Marie Riedl:

Lisa Marie Riedl is a painter and eco-artist. Of art, she states: "art is for everyone. It lifts the soul, engages the senses, through color, line, technique…it’s not just a venture about some end thing, some upper echelon hoity toity event, it’s all inclusive, it’s about what moves you, touches you … without words…." Lisa's art has been featured in many exhibitions and shows.

Lisa would like to challenge you:


A Proper Challenge: Journal and Doodle Daily - Your focus is to get out what is bottled up inside of you. Write a poem, draw a plant, make time to sit, uncork your thoughts and emotions, get it out on paper. Take a walk outside. Pick up 3 objects from your walk and see what you can create out of it. Look around your home. Set up a still life of your favorite objects and draw or paint them. Notice their curves or the way light hits them.


The more you look the more you will begin to notice things about those objects that you had not seen before. The challenge is and always will be to take a good look at the resources that are already provided to you in your day to day surroundings. Study them and begin to truly appreciate how they add value to your daily life. 

Still life "Welcoming" by Lisa Marie Riedl. Image credit Lisa Marie Riedl.
Still life "Welcoming" by Lisa Marie Riedl. Image credit Lisa Marie Riedl.

Illustrator and Photographer Cheryl Rausch Encourages Viewing Subtle Natural Beauty All Around:


Cheryl Rausch is a fine art illustrator and photographer drawing her inspiration from life and nature. With her passion for detail, she strives to spark emotion with every piece she creates. Cheryl has a wonderful series called The Stories of Women of Substance where she highlights women in the community that have overcome obstacles to create something beautiful.


Cheryl's Challenge is to get down on the ground:


For spring ephemerals, it’s a great idea to get down to their level to take some pics. It’s not only a vantage point that is not normally seen, but it also allows the viewer to admire the subtle beauty only shown up close. And yes, I’m belly down on the ground to catch pics. Quite a sight out in public. No matter, the lack of dignity is totally worth it.


Our Illinois State Flower the Violet. Image courtesy of Cheryl Rausch.
Our Illinois State Flower the Violet. Image courtesy of Cheryl Rausch.

Artist and Art Teacher Gail Diedrichsen Invites Us to Draw our Favorite Pets:

Gail Diedrichsen is a detailed botanical artist, woodworker and retired art teacher with an MA in studio art. She recently has been sharing prompts for drawing pets with Collie Rescue of Greater IL, Inc. Gail shares her talents to benefit a variety of local charitable organizations.


One of Gail's

Draw your pet step-by-step prompt by Gail Diedrichsen. Image credit  Gail Diedrichsen.
Draw your pet step-by-step prompt by Gail Diedrichsen. Image credit  Gail Diedrichsen.

Melissa Schwartz Writer, Creator and Editor of A Little Time and A Keyboard Encourages You to Engage Listening in Art:

Yours truly does have an art challenge for you, too! I challenge you to grab a blanket, a journal and crayons or colored pencils. Go outside and set on the blanket. Close your eyes and just listen for a few minutes. Well, and breathe. Do breathe. Then, open your eyes and draw what you heard. In the house, collect old cards that you are ready to let go of. Take them to make a collage of how you are feeling or what you are dreaming about. A fun way to reuse items that may just be sitting around!


Now it is your turn! Enjoy our creative challenges to spark some artistic explorations!

Creative Art Prompts from the Local Artists of Artistic Journeys in the Chicago suburbs

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