To be honest, this style in our next stop on our 6 week painting style tour has never been my favourite. However, after doing a bit of research, I have really fallen for Surrealism. It is so interesting and looks like a ton of fun. 

I doubt I would ever go the political, revolutionary side of creating Surrealism, because that is just not me. But I do find it fascinating to try to come up with surprising and thought provoking images. This takes creativity to an entirely new level. 

I can see the benefits to pushing ones creativity beyond a comfort zone. I think this can only enhance your regular style of creating. Frankly, I think that all those engineers or business types A personalities could benefit by pushing their creativity a little using Surrealism. This is a great exercise for problem solving and progressiveness. 

According to Wikipedia (, Surrealism was a cultural movement in Europe in the 1920-1950s. “Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes, sometimes with photographic precision, creating strange creatures from everyday objects, and developing painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself.” 

Typically, this style was representative of a deeper, political, revolutionary cause and was often surprising, absurd and humous. It is a style based in realistic depiction of weird and distorted subject matter or objects.

One of the well known artist of this style is Salvador Dali who painted melting clocks on stylized landscapes.

The Dali Museum has a great explanation with some tips on how to make surrealist art . (This video seems to be an ad for an art competition but has some really great tips on how to create in the Surrealistic style.)

For an inspiration board of surrealistic art please visit my Surrealism Pinterest board.

Next week, we dive into the popular style of Pop Art.