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7 Unconventional Perspectives: BEAU’s Summer Art Challenge

Summer provides opportunities to use different and often unique materials in your work. You may be visiting exotic places on vacation and you may gain access to materials you do not have in your home locale. You may be spending more time outside and may see seasonal elements in nature to incorporate into your creations. Discover unconventional materials and inspiration to add to your artistry.

7 Ways to Take On the BEAU Summer Art Challenge

1. Paint with ice cream.

Create summer art by substituting ice cream for classic paints. It requires only your imagination, a brush, and ice cream in varied flavors and color hues. Splatters work, as well as minimalist portraits of every description. Photographs of these art-into-food entities can also be innovative in capturing and preserving the saturated coloration of this work.

2. Go micro.

Look at the microcosm of your summer setting, instead of the big picture. Go outside and the peruse the minuscule bugs, leaves of grass, wildflower petals and sand grains on a beach. Capture the essence of those small entities in your work using various wine corks or small sharpened pencils to create sculpture.

3. Color, meet weather.

Experiment with color. An ocean scene at sunset, a small pond, or a mountain vista wrapped in low clouds provide different colors in summer from other seasons. The heat and humidity change the appearance of these scenes. Incoming tides glow in moonlight. Try to capture these colors in watercolor, acrylics, oils, pastels, or crayons.

4. Beach bodies.

Work on your depiction of the human body in summer. Viewing sun worshippers in bathing suits and shorts can give you perspectives on the human body that you cannot see with winter clothing. And remember: not every body is that of a model. Search for unconventional beauty.

5. Sunlight come and goes.

Notice the differences in light in the summer. The bright sun appearing on the horizon quickly changes color as does the fading sun in the evenings. Try photographing the sun through a fraying leaf or capture cloud colors as they change from orange to pink to purple as night approaches. Try to capture the emotions created by the scenes in your work.

6. Listen up.

The sounds in summer are so different than any other time of year. Let them inspire your artwork. The loud crickets and frogs at sunset may motivate you to create a work or the sounds of children squealing at the pool may foster a vision for your work different from what you would have had without those sounds to pique your imagination. A thunderstorm, with its vivid lightning and rolling thunder, may be something that you can capture in your work.

7. Transform photos.

Vacation or June wedding photographs can be used as a collage or 3-D digital art. This may not be your usual medium, but it can capture an idea or emotion that you cannot create in another way.

How Unique Summer Perspectives Affect Your Work

Summer trips and uncommon experiences allow you to gain a different perspective about your work. You can keep a travel journal and list ideas for future artistic experimentation based on differing observations, unfamiliar elements, and time spent immersed in exotic locations.

Often, we try to fill the silence of that solitary road trip with books on tape, podcasts, or talk radio. Instead, try letting the silence or the wind on the road be your companion. With nothing else to fill your ears and mind, you can come up with imaginative ideas, plots, and compositions that are extraordinarily unique and unconventional and that you would not have otherwise considered.