Kitchen Wall Art Print 8×10 Gourmets by LisaJaneSmith, $ 15.00
Yuk! The creative features. They are the worst: the writer's blocks, uninspired environments, missing muses - we've all experienced our share of creative fogs. But how do we get out of the paralyzing breaks? Let nature be your mouse. For many, direct experience of nature has a way of releasing our inhibitions, so when we join nature (in any capacity), we open ourselves to uninhibited, earthly inspiration designed to help us fulfill our creative calling!
Below are nine nature-inspired ideas to try next time you feel artistic. Even if you do not consider yourself a nature lover, these creative challenges in a landscape change may be just what you need for your creative juices to flow!
1st Funk-buster stones: collect 15 small stones (they should all fit easily in the palm of your hand) and arrange in different patterns during the day. Try to express your mood or other information with your designs, or free form whatever comes to you.
2nd Sheet "tweets." Gather soft, fallen leaves, grab a Sharpie and doodle, write haiku, a love note or words of wisdom on them (140 characters or less) and "leaf" them for people to find.
3rd Take a walk with the moon. At least once during the next full moon, go out and see for yourself how the moonlight is sculpting the land, plants and your imagination. (Be careful about wildlife and other hazards). Do not turn on the flashlight, let the bright light of the moon direct your eyes. Notice how familiar objects look different in this new light.
4th Free write, of course. Choose a natural object or environment (stone, a leaf, a piece of driftwood, your favorite lunch spot in the park) and write down every word or phrase that comes to mind. List words that describe it, or how it makes you feel, or what structures and patterns you see. Something. No rules, just let yourself.
5th Dig your heels in. Pull off your sandals or shoes and socks and take a walk on the beach. Or feel the spongy, dewy coolness of a morning lawn, or the sand that slides between the toes of your child's sandbox! How about stepping around in some mud or clay at your favorite hike or hiding place? The point is to feel the elements between the toes and fingers and enjoy the therapeutic energy of organic, earthy structures and scents.
6th Art for art's sake. Join a "found art" group of artists who create art to leave anonymous for others to find! I left my art on track / track heads and in parks through the Flickr.com group: Found Art Tuesday. Sometimes, an upcoming public event will inspire one piece, sometimes finding a random piece that I've finally created a perfect home in a public place. It's fun, it gives back and it's incredibly inspiring, not to mention a little therapeutic!
7th Try country art. Go to a natural favorite area and release your inner Andy Goldsworthy. Study the landscape for available natural materials (sand, shells, stones, leaves, sticks, pods, flowers, water flow ...) and try conscious expressions there. One rule: use only the natural materials at hand, responsibly - no shovels, glue, string, paper clips, tape, nails, etc.
Eighth Inspiration sticks (or use smooth river stones): Gather a personalized set of smooth sticks (8 "to 10" long) from the garden and write creative instructions on them for quick ideas and activities designed to get your creative juices flowing. For example, you might have sticks that have the seven previous ideas listed as a prompt: found art, country art, dig in, free writing, full moon, magazine tweets, funk-busters. Or you can write one color per stick or an environmental prompt. Have empty sticks ready for the creative flashes to add to your jar! Store them in a recycled spaghetti sauce or jar for easy access.
9th Creative meditation. Meditate somewhere else, take it outside - in your garden, on a huge boulder, by the beach. Find a safe and comfortable place to practice a meditation that gives you your creativity chakra, including the sacred chakra, located in the lower part of the abdomen, about 2 "below your new , I mean your marine.
Good luck and have fun! Go. Create. Inspire others.