Mood Board inspiration

donna downey
June 21, 2017
August 10, 2017
"Fallen from Grace" - 30x40" - oil on canvas

Working from a Mood Board is one of the ways i keep the whirlwind of ideas in my head organized and focused as i paint. The boards i create are not a literal reference but more of a reminder to keep focus on certain techniques or ideas.

The 2 paintings i am sharing today were both working from the same mood board, but resulted in entirely different outcomes.

see previous post about creating a Mood Board

Can you find the direct and indirect inspirations in both works?

(left) "Waiting to Exhale" -16x20 - oil on canvas

  • the leafy headpiece
  • the hair buns look like roses
  • the black and white contrast
  • the blues and pinks in the background
  • the gold lines in her dress like script
  • stripes of her black shirt
  • painterly blends of color
  • color inspirations
  • titles are a direct response to the quote

guiding and helping me keep focus while maintaining my own personal style.

if you are like me and you sometimes find yourself overwhelmed by "starting", creating a Mood Board is a really simple and effective way to give yourself the extra creative push you need in the direction you want to go.

if you feeling adventurous, I would love for you to share any Mood Boards you may have created using my template on Facebook today and tag me in your post! @donna downey

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Donna Downey is a New Jersey native now living and working out of her studio in Huntersville, NC. As a painter, bestselling author, instructor and all-around creative force, she is a born experimenter, blending and transforming both traditional and unexpected elements into meaningful pieces of self-expression. A former elementary school teacher, she has synthesized her love of teaching with her passion for art and brings this to women via workshops and events around the world. Donna is consistently on the leading edge of taking risks that push the creative envelope and empowering others to do the same with their art. Her work can be found in private and public collections around the world.