Using the Weather in Your Creativity

Beautiful snowy day.

Are you snowed in?

So, how’s the weather where you are?

I know that the weather has been a major issue in many parts of the country this winter. I have been adapting to living in the Portland, Oregon area after living in Hawaii for two years. Sounds tough, huh? Anyway, it is colder here than in Hawaii. Ya think?

Before I moved to Hawaii I always lived in Texas. Texas can have some extreme weather. You really never know what to expect from day to day.

So, why am I talking about weather? Because we can use the weather as inspiration. We can look out the window and paint the weather we see.  Or we can portray the type of weather day we want to experience.

Many years ago I painted a snow scene in the middle of the summer when we had no air conditioning. We were experiencing days well over 100 degrees. I decided to paint snow to give myself a mental lift. It seemed to work too.

So maybe you are stuck at home today because of some sort of weather event.  Document the experience in a drawing or a painting. Or use the time to imagine yourself in a more temperate climate such as Hawaii or Mexico.  Create something that portrays the weather.  If you need some ideas of how to portray weather in a painting, go to and search for “paintings of weather”. You can click this link too.

Have a great creative day!

This entry was posted in Art, Creativity, Drawing, Painting and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.