It’s Sunday evening as I type this, and I have almost a week’s worth of creative exercises ready for you to try out. This is for all the people who prefer to have more time to think about what they are going to create using the prompt. I have also been thinking about making the exercises cohesive, and this time, I have organized the prompts so that they can be done individually, plus you can bring them together to create a new whole. So without further ado, presenting blue and white week. It’s a color combination that really resonates with people. You may think of blue and white pottery from different parts of the world or in textiles. Just think of block prints, ikats, playful beach themes in contemporary textiles, the indigo and white of batik or mud cloth, or the crispness of blue and white stripes. The blue and white combination can lend itself to both a timeless and sophisticated style, or a more organic palette. Out in the world, we are reminded of the blue of the ocean, the white of the sandy beach. I have always been drawn to it in my photography, and combining all the different patterns brings a special thrill. The sheet below has the prompts for this weeks starting today (Days 82-87 for those doing the 365-day creative exercises).
- Design and draw a blue and white abstract pattern. Circles, semicircles, dots, dashes, stripes, squares, triangles- only your imagination is the limit. Think of the diamonds, dashes, and jagged lines seen commonly on ikat weaves!
- Design and draw a scene for a blue and white plate. Many years ago when I first started exploring the arts, I bought plain white plates from thrift stores and painted pictures on them using porcelain paints. Think of what picture you’d like to draw on a plate. You may draw inspiration from antique blue and white plates and draw bucolic scenes or you may use contemporary themes. One of the plates I created showed a warrior from the epic Mahabharatha on a chariot – that sounds complex, but in reality, I used basic geometric shapes to depict the scene.
- Design and draw a blue and white teapot. Does you teapot echo the scene of the plate or is it completely different? You may find that you change your design depending on the surface that you intend to use it on.
- Draw blue and white teacups to match your teapot.
- Combine all the above into one single drawing – maybe that abstract is the backdrop, the tile on which your teapots rests or the design of the tea towel. Where is the plate? Is it a display plate? Draw the teapot and teacups.
- Write about your drawing – what is it about? What was your inspiration? Why did you choose the designs you did? Was there a theme that ran through it?
Remember, we are focusing on experimenting with our creativity and not on skill level. I am not an artist but I love drawing and I know that I’m going to enjoy coming up with ideas.
PS. You may have noticed I’ve changed the format of the way I share the prompts. Some of the feedback that I’ve received has been that people would like the set of creative prompts for the week from the get-go. Enjoy, and I’ll see you later. – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Days 82-87 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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