Although deciding what to paint can be a difficult task, a few simple steps I took to choose Hawaii as my painting’s concept can help solve this artistic conundrum.
As instilled in me by a childhood friend turned accomplished interior designer, artwork should be rooted in a meaningful idea. Therefore, deriving a concept for my painting was my first task, and I took a few steps to get there. I looked at the rooms throughout my aunt’s home to understand her design style. I asked her for photos of paintings she loves to understand her artistic taste and, after she researched art on Horchow.com, Houzz.com, and Pinterest.com, she emailed me several works of art to consider. I asked her what she enjoys most in life and she told me fresh air, fitness, relaxation, and Hawaii topped her list. A fun, colorful, Hawaiian theme I thought – and my aunt agreed – would make for a meaningful painting.