"Twelve significant photographs
in any one year is a good crop."
~ Ansel Adams
Amsterdam, summer 2009
We've calculated year-to-date creativity points; time to start something new and chock up points for the rest of the year!
How to expand into new creative activities (details in Part 1):
- Use familiar materials in a familiar way in a new environment
- Use new materials in a familiar way
- Use familiar materials in a new way
- Explore a new art or craft
- Use familiar materials to create something different
Whether you take the ideas from creative experiments and expand/alter/delete/modify them, or you develop new ideas from scratch, just one idea per month = 12 creative experiences each year! Wouldn't that be cool?
How to select a new project:
- Decide what you wan to try next, considering your financial situation, workspace, physical capabilities & wishes. Ideas in A Summer Project List and A Project List for You.
- Break down the project into reasonable steps.
- Figure out the bare minimum art supplies you'll need to buy, and what you already have
- Google the medium and get a feel for the basics. You don't need to go to 47 blogs to figure out the best way, you don't need to buy a book (although you might want to check the library for reference, free is good). You typically don't need a class to try out the medium. OK maybe if you are trying glass blowing, welding or hand-dying fabric in bulk, you might need some extra instruction.
- Get together what you need, put it with the information from your searches, and put it in a box or zip lok... ready to go!
How to find time:
- Find 7 Reasons to do Art in the Margins
- Got 20 Minutes: Find Creativity
- When you do art, really do art. Don't multi-task your art time.
Check out the entire series of creative experiments to earn creativity points based on your creativity in 2009.