How was your Thanksgiving? I hope you had a great time! We spent Thanksgiving with family + had an early birthday celebration for my older son who’s down from college. We are now into Week 4, Day 25 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge, as well entering the last few weeks of 2017 filled with the fun, frenzy, and stress of the holidays. The perfect season to carve out time every day for some creative exercises!
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. (We love being in this space and doing these things so much that our mind automatically jumps to wondering if we can monetize it and escape the external rat races!) I chose the prompt for Day 25 to be a play on the words, stillness, and life- still life. Today we are going to draw a still life picture. Wikipedia defines a still life as art portraying natural or manmade objects such as fruits, flowers, books, etc. I spent some time today afternoon photographing this still life, and the Day 25 prompt is to draw it from the photographs. It’s a perfect exercise to center ourselves and access that stillness as the Thanksgiving holiday comes to a close.
Go For It: Alternatively, compose your own still life, and draw, paint, or photograph it. It can be as simple as drawing a fruit or a flower, or a more elaborate composition involving many different objects. For some iconic inspiration, visit the Van Gogh museum’s collection.
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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