Uncorked remains of New Year's Eve.
When I think of all the lists I've made over the years of things to do, to be, to try, to create, I often attached the word "more" to somehow reassure myself that this was something I could learn, be proficient at - if only I would do "more". I'm not making a list this year, instead I'm working on creating habits that I believe in time will help me develop skills. One habit for 2009 is to take a photograph each day and write a six word caption. I nearly talked myself out of doing it yesterday (whine...I wanna learn how to use the camera better first...) instead, I reminded myself of my 2009 word, "Now" and grabbed my "point and shoot", and I was done. I faced the same thing at breakfast this morning. I forgot my camera and I really wanted to capture the moment, so I used my cellphone.
Creative every day: 2 of 365 done!
The theme for this month's Creative Every Day Challenge is "Play" - of course, that sent me into somewhat of a panic. Imagine sitting in a room full of people, milling about and someone runs into the room blows a whistle and shouts "Play!" Others may begin frolicking, thrilled with the invitation, I'd be pressed up against the wall frozen, muttering something like "What exactly do you mean by play?" I read Leah's post today and found comfort in her comment "...you don't need to wait for inspiration, you can simply show up at the page and begin." That I understand!
The ritual, the habit, of doing something begins and through habit I find I develop skills and find inspiration to try other things. Of course, my left-brained renegade (the creature pressed up against the wall) has run off to get definitions and research alternate strategies.
Today's find: Studio Thinking Framework Eight Habits of Mind.
and Project Zero has a wealth of information.
I'll work on the first weekly collage of 2009 tomorrow.