Cut a window in a piece of matboard. Look closely at the subject, whether its a still life setup or a landscape or something undefined.
Look at it for an entire minute. Write down or draw a picture of three things that come to mind. This exercise will help you verify what is dominant about the subject, so you wont become lost in details.
Theres so much subject matter right in your own home! Use the viewfinder to allow you a more perceptive look at whats there. From battered iron skillets to white sheetseverything takes on more interest if you look closely.
Learn more about Mary Todd Beam’s approach to art in the article “In Search of Beauty” in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Jan/Feb 2007 issue.