Why brainstorming? To create good art you have to create art regularly. Waiting for a flash of inspiration is a waste of time, although the more often you create art the more often you will experience inspiration. Brain storming can help you get through the fallow times. It can generate a series of questions for later exploration. It can also help you plan series. I’ve recently reorganised my artwork page along thematic lines because I have so many different topics my art touches on. I have plans for new thematic groups as I finish the art.
Picasso said “the less Art there is in painting, the more painting there is.” I understand Art here to be the standards of the day and your preconceptions about art. I had to fight the idea that “real” Art was realism because of the type of art I was exposed to growing up. I’m not suited to realism. The next question is what should be in a painting or anything other artwork. I would argue that what should be in a painting is yourself.
The next question is what is in your head. What are your obsessions? If you ever have kept a dream diary what do have dreams and nightmares about? My dreams tend to focus on being a Lady Knight/Princess and the responsibilities of saving the day. I also have a lot dreams featuring high school and my immediate family. What have you studied (This doesn’t have to be formal studies)? For me it was History and Japanese Language which links to my interest in folklore. One of the sources of ideas I have left off my example is song. I get a lot of ideas from song. The painting below was inspired by a song called “And the band played Waltzing Matilda” which is a folk song about the World War I Galipoli campaign. One of the pieces on my to do list is inspired by “Gough” by the Whitlams.
The more questions you can ask yourself there broader selection of ideas created for your brainstorm.
I used the free version of Xfind to do a mock up of the beginning a mind map. A mind map starts at a central idea, then the first ring of associated ideas then successive ideas related to one or more of those. It is useful for free associating. It also records the links between different ideas. It is ideal for recording brainstorming.