Spring Into Your Creativity
So are you ready to answer the call and spring into your creativity - I certainly am. I'm always so happy to come out the other side of winter.
Don't you just relish the realisation that Spring has finally 'sprung'? It always brings me such joy and renewed love for nature and all things new and bright.
It feels fantastic to be able to dust off the old cobwebs and get out into the fresh air and feel that warm embrace of a little bit of sunshine on my back, well, in between the rain and some fleeting sleet/snow. I adore seeing colour sprouting up here, there and everywhere.
It's like the daffodils, crocuses and soon to be tulips, flower each year but it always feels like the first time - don't you find that too?
We had a little snow this week but that's not stopping me from being inspired by the bright yellow, purples and oranges of the crocuses, not to forget the spring lambs of course. How about you, what do you love best about Spring (or Autumn if you're on the other side of the world?).
For me, it's almost like there's a different light even and whilst I might be noticing cobwebs and dust more, I'm soaking up the new season with all I've got.
I've been snipping daffodils that have succumbed to the wind and rain and gazing at them whilst I wash dirty pans at the kitchen sink. I have them sitting in a pretty pink vase and the pleasure I get from just having them there is such a blessing. What could you do that brings you joy this Spring?
I've been looking at some other daffodil themed art that I adore too - I'm always interested in art history. Some of you might have seen some of these pieces of artwork already but hopefully they will bring a touch of beauty to your day.
So, if you're wanting to shrug off the winter blues, here are some suggestions, starting off points for 'springing' into your creativity:
- Nature - like I've been saying, there's so much blooming at the moment, why not start by picking a daffodil and sketch it.
- Take a walk and stop and listen to the birds singing, a stream flowing or notice fast moving clouds skimming over your head - perhaps this could inspire you to write a poem, write in your journal or create an abstract art piece.
- Put on a piece of music and paint your response to it using only your intuition.
- Take your pencil 'for a walk' and draw something that inspires you. Draw without lifting your pencil/pen off the paper - this is called continuous line drawing (see the video below).
5. Look out of a window and paint what the sky looks like and then pick various points in the day to paint the differences - you'll be surprised as to just how much your view does change.
6. Use colour to describe how you're feeling.
7. Paint with a child and just. let. go.
8. Make a Spring inspired collage using some photos or magazine images.
9. Prepare a meal that consists of lots of colour and relish the health benefits for your body.
10. Wake up early and watch the sunrise.
11. Take a bike ride, fly a kite or grab a blanket, lie down and watch the stars.
Oh and in case the above suggestions aren't doing it for you, here is a blog post by the highly talented and likeable, Emily P Freeman entitled, 8 Things Whole-Hearted Creative Women Do Differently.
However you choose to spring into your creativity, may it enable you to be your wonderful, true self. I do hope this season finds you feeling invigorated, inspired and rejuvenated.
Lastly, this weekend it's Mothers Day in the UK, so for all you mothers, have a beautiful day.
PS. I have a couple spots left on my upcoming Spring painting workshop of 6th April - please click for more info. or to book a place. We'll get to shake off the cobwebs of winter together and welcome in Spring.