Day 51 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge! I am excited about the holidays and taking time off to reflect on 2017, and to make plans for 2018. Today’s creative prompt is a fun one that involves drawing and painting a snow globe in your journal. As I have written before, I collected greeting cards when I was a child and some of these were cards featuring Currier and Ives prints. These typically had snowy landscapes from the American countryside, or of people skating on a frozen lake. Looking at these pictures, winter took on an ideal and romanticized storybook quality. It’s the same with snow globes – a moment, or a figurine is forever captured within the bubble of a snow globe. It’s the same with photographs we post on social media, don’t you think? They capture that snow globe moment of perfection. The Day 51 prompt is to draw a snow globe and portray your favorite moment or scene. Snow in winter, Christmas trees, your home, a favorite person, a cartoon character (I am thinking of all those snow globes with Snoopy and Charlie Brown) or a cup of tea! Have fun with it and I’ll see you tomorrow! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 51 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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