Danielle Cross is a Sydney-based visual artist with a very unique repertoire that stretches from painting to photography. Her contemporary, abstract work embodies movement and elusive compositions.
Here, exclusively for Aperol Spritz Australia, Danielle shares with us her top tips for creating the ultimate space for getting creative and setting to mood to create at home.
“Getting your creative on is all about feel, space and creating a mood that inspires your inner artist. As an artist and art photographer I draw on the mood I want to convey through the art, the way art on a wall can help the viewer escape and can be drawn into a different time. The way artworks trigger beautiful memories of holidays passed. Mind map a whole range of words, roughly written down on paper or phone or tablet. Such a great way to start the creative process!” says Danielle.
Her top tips if you need a little inspiration boost to start creating?
HEAD TO INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST
Spend some time scrolling if you need help with ideas or concepts. Start by typing in some key words of anything that inspires you. Save or screenshot your favourite images!
LOOK UP YOUR FAVOURITE ARTIST
Spend some time getting acquainted with your favourite artist or creator. Print out some of your favourite pieces of their work and surround yourself with them.
CREATE A MOOD BOARD
Create a tangible reference point! Collect those images from your favourite artist, print out your favourite shots from Instagram or Pinterest. You can also create a ‘digital mood-board’ by creating folders in your phone, if you don’t have access to a printer. Always surround yourself with visual references that inspire you when creating.
Once you’re feeling inspired… it’s time to set the scene to create!
Danielle shares with us her fail-proof tips to curating a space fit to create in.
“Where we create is very important, we are all different, some like the chaos some like the ordered. I am a bit of both!” says Danielle.
NATURAL LIGHT IS A MUST
Create a space with some beautiful natural light. Clear the dining table, clear the lounge room floor, sit in the sunshine in the backyard or balcony. Fresh air and sunshine work wonders for our creative minds!
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Don’t over complicate the space just go with what feels right! Add your own little personal touches. I often light my favourite candle when I am working indoors. Find your favourite scent and light a candle, spritz some room spray or perfume / cologne to set the mood and awaken your senses for when you’re ready to create.
PLAY SOME TUNES!
It’s all about the MUSIC! A good soundtrack is a must. Aperol have created the perfect afternoon tunes over on SoundCloud!
Music and music lyrics have always played a primary role in my art process. I can recall what song what playing when creating my artworks. It is the transporting qualities that allows are creativity to break free.
We hope you’re feeling inspired and have a space set and ready to create… prep your ingredients for the perfect Spritz and get ready to have some fun! Don’t take creating too seriously and don’t place too much pressure on yourself (especially if you’re not artistically inclined!). As Danielle Cross shares with us “THERE ARE NO MISTAKES IN ART!”