I’ve studied and grown up with art all my life. My favorite childhood book was a Childcraft collection of pictures of great art. When I go to museums I often know more than the docents and will get asked questions by other visitors because they assume I’m a professional by my comments to friends and family.
But for all I know and appreciate, I only just realized my deepest loves are for illustration and what an article I read calls “naive” art. It’s a strange term, for what is basically a rather amorphous subject. But it’s one well worth exploring, especially if you love needlepoint.
Because much naive art is done by artists who are unschooled, like Clementine Hunter, or artists working in simple styles, you’ll find areas without shading and large areas of color, both perfect for needlepoint. Naive art is also mostly free of lots of detail, also great for needlepoint. With the increased popularity of doodle-based art, minimal landscapes, and icons, there is so much source material available for us to use. You’ll find this an amazing way to create your own projects if you don’t find painted canvases that suit you.
Read the article, from Creative Market, and go find some sources that speak to you.