Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday is NonCraft Inspiration

This is the part I like. This is filling up the well of my creative mind with new colours, shapes and design. In Julia Cameron's book it's called an artist date.

It can be as simple as a walk in a park or as formal as a visit to the local museum. The only real criteria is that you have to take in the place where you are with as many of your senses as you can.

Sacred places, such as temples, churches and even outdoor amphitheaters, can serve two purposes- as a place to worship and reflect, but also as a potential source of inspiration for art, projects, or other creative output.

1) Pretend you are visiting your place of worship for the first time. Look upward at the edifice itself, noting the building materials, or stop and read the historical plaque on the outside

2) Explore the focal point of your place of Worship--the altar, bimah, or the like-- and beyond. How is it decorated, and why? What do you like about it? What would you change if you were in charge?

3) As you worship, sing or reflect, be aware of and note any feelings or words that resonate. Jot down any associations you make after hearing a certain hymn or relizations you have after the sermon.

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