This week's #foliophoto word prompt is the word "eyes".
Eyes. Eyesight. Sight. Seeing. Not just the literal act of seeing the world around us but seeing creatively. And as someone who is fascinated (dare I say obsessed) with the creative process, I'm always working on improving how I see.
To make art I need to see.
What I see. What I notice. What grabs my attention. What I miss. What I take for granted. What I assume to know because I've seen it so many times before.
Seeing with my eyes and seeing with my intuition.
Learning to see.
I've watched this short video many, many times - it's by graphic designer Michael Wolff and it is about seeing creatively.
It's not what you look at that matters, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau
Join us next week - take a photo inspired by the word "small". Instagram with hashtag #foliophoto and/or flickr and/or bloggy link-up by my partner-in-creative-crime Christie. Her "eyes" photo is here. I'll make a collage of our shots too and share it on twitter and FB as well as here with links to you - we're ALL about giving credit.
Well, I survived the week! Within two days we had Mother's Day, the man's birthday, our wedding anniversary AND another Raincoast Creative Salon. And just to make it interesting, the girl caught a super bad cold and flu and was home sick for four days before that.
I'm still smiling, my friends. I wasn't overly stressed. Am I growing up? I think it's because I've FINALLY learned to dial down the expectations AND the plans when it looks like it's going to be a dogpile.
Of course that wasn't the case for the Salon - always topnotch around here. I'll be sharing photos next week.
Don vs. Ted.
Who IS Bob Benson?
You gotta pick the right seat!
99u conference highlights - part II.
Abstract paintings, abstract models.
The worst room.
How to piss off New Yorkers.
So didja notice anything new around here? Like a little bit of blog designage? It's been a soft launch as I still have some fine-tuning to do - some tweekage here and there but I'm happy with it so far. Thanks to Melanie at Inward Facing Girl!
It's Queen Victoria's birthday this weekend. Know what that means, those of you not in the colonies? It's a three day weekend. In commie Canada we have a three day weekend every month of the year. The one in February is purely a made up holiday because that month didn't have one.
I'll take it.
I've had this quotation up on my bulletin board for a few months now. (Do you pin things up above your computer? I have two bulletin boards FULL of quotes and inspiration boards and garlands and pictures).
I see it every day. I read it most days. Have I REALLY let it sink in? Not so much.
Emily's post a few days ago on multitasking reminded me how far I am from this - this idea of focus. You see, I am SUCH a multitasker. I tend to take on a LOT and then work like crazy to get it all done.
But it isn't that efficient. I rotate between photoshop, illustrator, feedly, twitter, FB, gmail. Creating things, writing posts, responding to comments. Answering tweets.
Today is typical too - three loads of laundry plus a few errands. Shopping for a carpet for the living room, curtains for the bedroom and some wallpaper for the basement.
Flitting here and there and everywhere.
Time to focus.
This is a link up on happiness. Join in below!
Some weeks the #foliophoto word prompt frustrates me. Some weeks the ideas for the image appears immediately. EVERY week I am inspired by what everyone produces. All unique. All creative.
I'd love you to join us - it's all about a regular, weekly creative practice. Do you morning pages every day? How about taking a photo inspired by a new word every week?
Android, iPhone, DSLR - choose your weapon. Instagram (#foliophoto) or flickr or bloggy link-up over at Bedsidesign. Your choice. Any and all.
Each Tuesday Christie from Bedsidesign and I choose one word. Take a photo inspired by that word and post it during that week. I'll find it and make a collage of the results.
Let's get creative.