Consider an unusual viewpoint to free your mind of stereotypes. Look at flowers close up and let the unfamiliar vantage point suggest a faerie cave or a silken bed. Use a strong magnifying glass or microscope to discover the minute worlds of fungi or feathers, or even the prismatic color caught in a single hair. Or lie on your back in a wooded area and look up at the trees. Forget the everyday reality of what you?re looking at and how it normally appears, and explore the magical new life you?ve discovered by paying fresh and intense attention.
For instance, in Things Are Looking Up (watercolor, 15×22), I could have painted a traditional image of trees, but by lying on the ground and looking up at them, I was able to paint them from a whole new perspective.