There are many ways to be inspired and I have covered several of them in our converstions here. One easy way to get yourself back into the inspiration zone is to visit one of your favourite places.
- What is the place that really speaks to you?
- Where in the world makes your heart sing?
- Is there more than one place?
So why does this help? Simply because when you go to those places you connect to something deep withing your self . Its like a home coming and often you are impelled from within to respond creatively. Here are two of my favourite places….
Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand
And another also filled with light and water…..
There is something about both of these places that I am drawn to again and again. I have only been to Venice once but all I have to do is get out my photos and I feel inspired all over again.
- What is your special place and how can it inspire you to create something today?
This past week I have been involved in a virtual creativity workshop with Angi Sullins. I would like to share with you a great exercise she had us doing this week, which is all about allowing yourself to do things. To remind us to allow ourselves to be less ‘responsible’ and more impulsive and heart oriented in our activities, Angi had us all make a permission flag. Here is mine….
We have become such slaves to leading ordered lives, fitting into our self assigned roles that have later in life become outworn garments of an inner life long discarded.
- When was the last time you allowed yourself to do something delightful just because you felt like doing it?
- When was the last time you did something without considering what everyone else wanted to do first?
- When was the last time you skipped somewhere? Yes I did say skipped. Did you know that if you can get over yourself enough to forget about being silly, that skipping is an expression of joy? Did you know that it’s very hard – if not impossible to skip and stay grumpy, or sad or depressed?
- When was the last time you created something just for the sheer joy of doing it – rather than because of one of those ‘have to ‘reasons?
So what do you do with your Permission Flag?
- The idea is to put them around your house, in your car, outside the front door – any place where you want to remind yourself that it is OK to do something special for NO REASON. We don’t have to have a reason to be happy.
- We don’t have to have a reason to explore the world we live in more fully. Are there streets in your neighbourhood that you have never been down? Perhaps you might take some time out this week to go and visit some of them – just to see what’s there?
It is these actions that fill our creativity cups. You can’t create in a vacuum – go and fill up your cups. Give yourself permission to do so. I have two challenges for you today –
- Go skipping this week. How does it feel? What did you realize ?
- Make your own permission flag – have fun doing it and put things on it that represent fun for you. And give yourself permission to have some fun this week
I would love to know how you go – Please feel inspired to come and share your experiences here. The comments button is in the top right hand corner of the post as always. I am going to give myself permission to only do one blog post a week for the month of August as I have a very busy month coming up, preparing for the colour workshop I’m giving at the end of August. So for the next few weeks beginning this week, I will only be posting on Mondays – Down Under or Sundays Up Over!! depending on which part of the world you live in! Wow the liberation I feel in saying that is TREMENDOUS. I can actually have an early night tonight now ….. Woohooo!!!
July turned out to be a month of digital art work for me. I am working on a workbook at the moment for our InnerPrints book. Like any other creative work, digital art is also very time consuming. I am loving it however as it allows me the opportunity to really explore the realm of layering, a theme that has been prevalent in my work for many years now. Below is an example of one of my very early layered landscape works.
Waterloo Bay : Kadira Jennings
Here is one of my latest multi layered, digital artworks -an image incorporating The Buddha and visual symbolism and references to time, place
beauty, creativity and eternity.
Last week I was discussing the artistic device of contrast in relation to not only art but Life in general.
Contained within contrast is the idea of balance or harmony, the harmonious interaction of sometimes opposing forces, flavours, or things in contrast. Harmony/balance may be achieved in any number of ways, although in art the most balanced visual arrangement of pieces is not necessarily one where the pieces are equally balanced. Balance more particularly often brings to mind the figure of justice holding her equally balanced scales.
Justice With Sword And Scales
In art however harmony is often achieved by a counterbalance of something small in a larger opposing area, perhaps a complimentary colour or shape. how do you bring harmony into your Life, your Art.
Blue trees counterbalanced with orange light
We can apply these principles to our lives as well. Often we think we are required to do something big to get noticed. But is that true? What are we all seeking…… connection, recognition, love, joy, happiness? What are the things that truly delight us? Often it is something small – that touch of red in a green painting – a bunch of flowers given unexpectedly, a hand written card posted in the mail for no special reason.
When was the last time you created delight in your life with a small act of harmony?
Pix Credits: Justice, Flower Bunches
Blue Trees: Painting , Kadira Jennings
Continuing on with Monday’s thoughts, I’d like to share some observations on the similarities between life and design concepts.
One particular aspect of this is the creative element of contrast. Our world is filled with contrast – light-dark, soft-hard, rough-smooth, sweet-sour, etc. as through the senses, life vibrates inwards. Life without contrast can be bland, tepid, boring, flat.
Life Can Be Flat
Of course too much contrast can leave us feeling quite the opposite.
Too Much Contrast
Therefore we need that other design element to counteract either ends of this scale and that is balance or harmony.
In Art, as in Life, we create harmony often through a counter-weighted balance of opposites. Hence the term – ‘add a little spice to your life’.
In green paintings, a tiny splash or two of red (the complimentary or opposite colour to green) creates interest and life that would otherwise be lacking.
- Where do you need more or less ‘spice in your life or art work?’
- How might you use contrast to achieve this?
Pix Credits – The Morgue File – Life Can Be Flat, Too Much Contrast
I have come to the conclusion that Life and Art are so closely intertwined as to be inseparable.
The more I teach art and participate in the development of my own creativity, the deeper my understanding of this becomes.
Although many people don’t realize it, participating in any form of creativity whatsoever – is ALWAYS an act of self development. Perhaps this is why we find so many people refusing to acknowledge their creative potential and denying themselves through that oft repeated phrase;
“But I have no talent!” I refuse to accept this and challenge everyone to examine that statement by asking the question – “Is that true?”
We all have talents of some kind which are often dismissed. The ability to draw a smile to someones lips or make people laugh are talents.
What is your greatest talent?
Pix Credit: The Morgue File