It’s a cold Saturday evening as I type this, and I have spent the latter part of the day taking a break, and reading. We are on Day 53 and given that we are deep in holiday season, I want to remind you to take time for self-care. Self care can mean different things to different people, and for me, it means that I take a break if I am tired or stressed. That may seem obvious to most people but it’s very hard for me to ignore the nagging streak of perfectionism, of needing things to be just so, fully done, completed, every i and t dotted and crossed. Self care then involves reminding myself that it’s more important to rest, get some exercise, drink lots of water, and get adequate sleep. That I am not failing in some way if I am tired and can’t get anything more done. Whether you are currently following the challenges as I post them, which means right now in the middle of the busy and stressful holiday season, or doing the 365 creative exercises at your own pace, do take time for self-care.
For Day 53, we are going to try creating kaleidoscope art. Let me explain what I mean by the term kaleidoscope art. As a photographer, one of my favorite scenes to capture is of different plates, bowls, cups and other dishes on a tabletop. I am fascinated by how many shapes there are, how they play with one another, and by the juxtaposition of different patterns. It’s like a picture that I see when I am looking through a kaleidoscope, and it may change any moment with a twist of my hand. The only difference between these photographs and the patterns we see through an actual kaleidoscope is that the kaleidoscopic patterns appear as abstract shapes. For today’s creative exercise, let’s draw such a picture. I have shared some of my photographs to give you an idea on the picture composition. You don’t have to use just circles; let your imagination lead the way. How many shapes can you create? How intricate can you make it? Did you add a background? How many circles are there? How may are full and how many partial? Have fun with it and I’ll see you tomorrow! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 53 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