"The purest and most thoughtful minds
are those which love color the most."
5x8" moleskine journal, watercolor
You know how if you've just bought a bicycle, you notice bicycles everywhere?
Without realizing it, you are looking for them.
You can teach yourself to actively look for interesting things. Patterns in a wrought iron gate. The lavender in the sunset. Your dog's wet paw print on the cement. Vivid white Oleander blooms. The hole in your jeans.
Teach Yourself to be Creative, Idea #1: CARRY A CAMERA at least one day each week. Proactively look for interesting things to photograph. Carrying my camera made all of the difference in the world. If your phone is your camera, turn on the camera function and treat it as a camera for a few hours.
It's easy to find stuff to photograph at a botanical garden. But you really have to push yourself to find interest in a boring spot.
Find a boring spot.
One summer my kids took a soccer camp for a few hours. I wanted to stay nearby, so I brought my little Sony camera and spent the time listening to podcasts and walking around empty soccer fields in 98 degree temps looking for things to photograph. Texas is flat. Soccer fields are boring. What could I photograph? It turns out that there are utility meters with funky stamped numbers, towering field lights, crooked goal posts and numbered field markers.
Carry a camera. Find a boring spot. Go.
Creative inspiration fuels your brain.