2017, As Art (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 54)

365 Days Of Creativity Challenge, Creative Exercises And Prompts, Over a cup of tea.. (Online Journal) / Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Hello! For today’s creative exercise (Day 54), draw a picture of what the year 2017 looked like for you. It’s like taking a single snapshot of the entire year and expressing it in art form. For example, changes in my perspective on a variety of subjects was the constant theme for me throughout the year as was as learning that I need quiet time everyday . The picture I chose to draw was of a woman sitting by herself, surrounded by tall pines. She is listening and seems to be waiting for something – kinda how my entire year felt. Some things to keep in mind- it’s your year, you decide how it felt; the art doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but you. Do it quickly, without judgement, and see what themes come up.

2017 As Art/ 365 Day Creativity Challenge It’s Christmas Eve, and I want to wish all those who you are celebrating a very Merry Christmas! I’ll see you tomorrow! – Priya

Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 54 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! Just as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see  a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya



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