(a photo taken in Wakodahatchee Wetlands. Untintentionally blurred, I loved what came out, when downloaded into my computer. Note the "family of faces" in the orange section in the upper left.)
Creativity is an activity that
invites abundance and flow into the world...It ripples
out into energy that touches others with whom I will
never interact. Julie
Jordan Scott, http://juliejordanscott.typepad.com
In the article, Your
Creativity Treasure Chest (no longer available online), Julie Jordan Scott
gives numerous ideas for capturing our creative thoughts
and ideas and spurring them on through using a treasure
chest of art materials.
Okay. So where do these ideas come from? Some can come
from the use of the materials themselves.
In her article,
Julie states, If you are unsure how to stir up
your creative juices, try techniques and art forms to
see which fits the best in your life. Julie moves
through painting, and sometimes movement, into writing.
For me, I am becoming very much aware of how the flow
of my creative juices turn out "ACCIDENTAL"
ART. Ideas can come from thoughts in our heads; TV;
conversations were in; conversations we overhear;
and visual stimuli.
Suggestion for Maximizing Visual Stimuli
Take a camera for a walk. If you dont have a camera
create a small viewfinder. Cut out a 1 x 1 1/2
opening in a piece of paper or 3 X 5
Now hold the camera, or your viewfinder,
and start slowly looking around. Note what patterns,
colors, textures you see. If something catches your
eye, PAY ATTENTION .
If you are using a camera, snap the picture. Digital
cameras are fun in that you can keep snapping without
regard to cost.
If you are using a *viewfinder* jot down quick notes.
If there are other people close by start a conversation.
Share what you see. It may lead to expanding ideas.
My business, eTeletours.com, was started out
of such a conversation. I was on a nature walk, talking
with a friend on my cell phone, describing what I was
seeing. One thing led to another, to another AND a new
Naturesplayground.com came out of another happy
accident. I had just purchased a color printer and a
scanner and had brought a couple of prints to a meeting.
I started doodling on one of the prints. Out of what
I discovered from that, a whole new art form, and business,
Take a few minutes today to pause and look around you
in new ways. What do you notice that you havent
seen before? I invite you also to see what opens up
in other areas of your life out of paying attention
© 2004 Sheila Finkelstein
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