So often we set out to record what is before us in a meticulous fashion right down to every building, tree, rock... The most exciting aspects of being an artist, is being able to create what doesn’t exist! What fun it is, to be able to move mountains and buildings, rearrange the country side, and change the weather with just the flick of my wrist.
How do I go about rearranging elements?
First I decide what is important in the scene. I’ll select between 3 and 5 elements and draw them simply at the top of my paper. For my painting I selected the lighthouse, flowers, trees and shrubs. Next, I take the elements and arrange and rearrange them in small thumbnail studies. The thumbnail studies are small, generally 2 or 3 inches in size. Here is where I can quickly work out a composition, before I’ve committed time and effort to a painting. Generally 3 to 5 elements in a scene make a good arrangement. I do this until I find an arrangement that excites or inspires me. It takes doing at least 4 arrangements, to get a good feeling for the scene.
True creativity, takes what you know and makes it more than it was.