A soft grey-yellow light is all around me as I sit down to write this. It’s courtesy of the last clouds moving across the sky as the California rain storm leaves and the sun comes out temporarily. The light is both magical and lonely carrying as it does the cold gray of winter lightened only by a pale setting sun. It’s both my favorite time of the day and my favorite time of the year, and I love capturing its many moods with my camera because taking a good picture is almost effortless now. Which brings us to Day 71’s creative exercise– capture and portray in art form the current season around you. Is it summer or winter? What are the colors you see? What is your favorite part of the season? You may want to add your thoughts in the form of words to your art work. The other query I have is do you always equate seasons with weather patterns? What are your thoughts on the seasons of life ?
I think that it’s always tea season for me, throughout the year, but more in the winter because the light falls just so and the colors take on a magical quality as if painted by an otherworldly brush. As for seasons of life, I always draw reassurance and strength from this Albert Camus quote, “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
Have a wonderful rest of the day, and I’ll see you tomorrow. -Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 71 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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