Introduction: Welcome! We are now into Week 4, Day 27 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge, and I am excited and happy to have you here! I use the terms ‘creative’, ‘creativity’ or ‘creative exercise’ very loosely. While they have very specific meanings within the art or business worlds, I define it as any activity that allows us to access an inner stillness. Where the mind’s incessant chatter decreases, and for that short period of time, we are in the presence of a magnificent quietude. Where we feel joyful and recharged as if accessing a powerful, bountiful source of imagination and ideas. It makes what we do- draw, write, paint, work in a science lab, dance, sing, play music, photography etc. etc.- a spiritual experience. It has nothing to do with talent and skill level, and everything to do with joy. Whether you take part in all 365 days, or 7, 21, or 30 days, or join us when you can, I hope you will take the time to relax, slow down, and be your joyous self! Want more details? You may want to read this introduction to the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. Have a wonderful day! — Priya
Day 27 Prompt: Draw a dandelion. Not the flower, but the head/pod full of seeds that you may wish on. If you are looking for some inspiration on how to draw a dandelion, click here for a really simple step-by-step.
Go For It: Draw the head of dandelion seeds with the seeds flying away. What words come to mind as you draw this? Are you making a wish (or many)? Write down what comes to mind.
My Day 27 prompt: One of my most precious memories is of sitting in a park on a sunny day with my boys when they were younger, blowing on the dandelion seeds and wishing on them as they slowly flew away. (Not so great if you have allergies, but all this exercise prompts you to do is draw a dandelion!) The boys probably wished for more Lego, or the next book in a mystery series they were reading though I don’t remember the exact details. The words that came to my mind were innocence, nostalgia, and wishing that I could go back in time. I also thought of how tenacious and persistent this weed can be, and it’s always helpful to remember what poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox said, ‘ a weed is but an unloved flower.” I found this embroidery photograph that I had taken some years ago that reminded me of dandelions.
To share how you are interpreting these creative prompts or following the challenge, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya
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