Knock, knock! Hello Friday evening! I hope your week was gentle and allowed space for you to breathe deeply. Doors and doorways have been coming up in so many of my conversations both in real life, and on social media, and I feel compelled to write about them. I have never attached much symbolism or meaning to doors. I am never drawn to photographing closed doors because their very symmetry somehow renders them uninteresting though painted doors with the patina of age, like the ones below, are appealing.
Doors have been the subject of so many quotes and life metaphors, arguably the most famous being this one “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us”, attributed variously to Alexander Graham Bell and Helen Keller. We get so fixated on the picture in our head of how things ought to be, should be, the door that should open, that we ignore the opportunities that arise out of how things are, or the door that has opened.
For Day 73, let’s draw a door or a pair of doors. Make it as simple or as grand as you like. Decorate it with abstract designs, a pineapple or two (pineapples are symbols of hospitality), or for the more experienced artist, with intricate scenes. Decorate it any way you want. What are they the doors to? Are they leading to a path? Remember, they don’t have to mean anything. The goal is to express yourself creatively, and if it helps to clarify your thoughts, that’s an added bonus! Have a wonderful day! – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 73 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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