i was chatting with a friend the other day who was feeling a little bewildered by her lack of creative inspiration. this friend is one creative chick - she sews clothes for her daughter, paints, draws, sings - but for some reason she was just feeling like her creative mojo was lacking. i felt bad for her, because i could relate. i’ve had days when i’ve been at a loose end, and thought i’d like to take on a crafty project, but have been at a loss as to where to channel the energy.
my friend was asking what other people do when this happen to them. now, i’m not perfect. i don’t always get proactive find solutions to my creative funks and then go on to produce piles of beautiful pieces, but i do have a few ideas up my sleeve for when ennui sets in, and my plan is to share some of these with you in the penelope waits blog.
without further ado, i present creative inspiration palette 01: nature
where have the great poets and novelists, painters and sculptors, turned for inspiration across the ages? mother nature, of course! wordsworth wandered ‘lonely as a cloud’ through his field of daffodils, monet gazed over his water lillied lake, and timeless works of art were created. if it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.
if you’re in a funk, i can suggest the following ways to get some inspiration from nature:
? browse through flickr using keyword searches like ‘blossom’, ‘tendril’ and ‘petal’ - there are some amazing images there, from all over the world. you could spend hours there just looking around, and when you’re finished you’re sure to be full of great ideas.
? beg borrow or steal a camera, and take it for a walk. take pictures of cool bark textures, the stamens of flowers, the shape of the leaves on your favourite tree. there’s something about seeing the world through a lens that can give you a whole new perspective.
? take a pencil and some paper to a place of natural beauty (your local botanical gardens, the beach, a field, even your back yard), and just doodle. don’t try to come up with magnificent artworks, just focus on the different colours and textures around you and make some mini sketches that help you get a feel for them. you might be surprised by what you come up with, and how useful it might be for future projects
? visit your local library, and leaf through some books about gardens, forests, flowers, wildlife etc. there are some incredible coffee table books and visual encyclopedias out there with some truly stunning images. you might live 100 miles from ‘nature’, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.
? go to the florist! there aren’t many other shops where you will get to see so many beautiful colours, textures, shapes and patterns in one place. i always come home from the florist with a very strong urge to make something pretty.
photo credits for creative inspiration palette 01: nature
left to right, top to bottom:
- ‘cat among the cherry blossoms 3′ by tanakawho
- ’stamens’ by naturespixel
- ‘fractured’ by sapaho
- ‘love is all around’ by sapaho
- ’soul on a sunbeam’ by sapaho
- ‘under lace’ by inthesunstudio
- ‘orange sulphur or alfalfa butterfly’ by pieceoflace
- ‘ringlets of green’ by sapaho
- ‘an enchanted stream’ by realkuhl