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    Discover Your Creativity [Part 1]: Carry a Camera

    "The purest and most thoughtful minds
    are those which love color the most."
    ~John Ruskin

    5x8" moleskine journal, watercolor

    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.

    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.

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    Sometimes when i'm walking around places i take "inspiration glances." I close my eyes, move my head and open my eyes, looking for any little piece of something to start a creative thought. It might be a texture, a line, a color.. or a subject matter or theme. Sometimes i really have to push to find it.. but It comes from a belief that any speck of life can be the spark our imagination...

    06.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCori Berg

    Great tip for "getting creative", Tammy. I was flipping through Liz Lamoureux's Inner Excavations a couple of weeks ago, and she has the same message. She has a lot about using photos in response to prompts (rather than just writing). So for example, she poses the question, "What are the sounds of this moment?" and then suggests that we can capture them in a series of photos. Neat stuff!

    06.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

    I've been out of commission with a root canal that went badly, and am finally getting up to speed with my visits. You KNOW that I had to pop in to see what you've been up to, and when I saw your quote of the day, my heart did a little "happy dance"!!!!

    Great post -- it IS hard to find interesting things in a boring environment. But the process helps us to "see" artistically even in the most mundane settings.

    Thanks, too, Tammy, for stopping by my blog. I'm trying to keep my ICAD's going, and am actually carrying a set of blank cards with me in my purse. What a great idea! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

    06.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Kahrs

    what a gorgeous watercolor! wonderful quote, too.

    06.20.2011 | Unregistered Commenterstacy wills

    I think I'll take you up on this!! Thanks for the insight and suggestion :D

    06.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    A very simple idea that is bound to produce results.

    I find sketching on the move stressful (toddler, impatient husband) so I tend to take photos to record all things I see. I also photograph pages of magazines rather then tear them out so I can recycle more efficiently and not hoard pictures which I'm prone to do.

    A good prompt is to colour theme your photographs- only red objects, or things that start with P. You end up looking for things you wouldn't normally consider interesting and MAKING them interesting.

    06.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLianne

    hello, tammy! another blogger linked to you in her post about creativity and i was wise enough to click forward. i, too, am digging into my "creativity" this year and took a photo-a-day challenge for this month...love it so far!

    coincidentally, our family spent three years in TX (dallas) and moved up to philly last year :(

    happy to be a new follower!

    01.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy

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