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Patterned Pomegranates (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 35)

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Pomegranates/ Oh suzani!/ Pattern happy/CollectiviteaWelcome to Day 35 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge! Today’s creative prompt is inspired by our love for textiles and the #TextileTuesday hashtags on social media. The creative exercise is for us to draw a pomegranate, and second, see how many patterned pomegranates we can create. Why pomegranates? Pomegranate flowers and fruits are a very common fertility motif on suzanis, the heavily embroidered panels of cloth that are part of a bride’s dowry. The word suzani comes from suzan or sozan meaning ‘needle’ in Persian, and large suzanis are highly sought-after, boho-chic decor accessories. Apart from their popularity as textile motifs (the Philadelphia Museum of Art had an exhibition, “The Pomegranate in Textiles” that I would have loved to have visited), the pomegranate is also fun to draw and as depicted on these textiles, lends itself to a quick caricature. Ready to draw some pomegranates? Draw solid colored pomegranates, polka-dotted ones, striped, checkered and more! Remember the only limit is your imagination! I have a photograph (below) on my table of a suzani that I saw some years ago at the Louvre gaily patterned with pomegranate flowers and fruits that may help you get started.Pomegranates/ Oh suzani!/ Pattern happy/Collectivitea

Day 35 Creative Exercise: Draw A Pomegranate

Go For It: Once you have drawn the basic pomegranate, let your inner child out to play and create as many patterned pomegranates as you can! Pomegranates/ Oh suzani!/ Pattern happy/CollectiviteaJust 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


Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 35 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. 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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