Monday, July 27, 2009

I've looked at clouds from both sides now

I swear I will not post daily! Come fall I hope to post weekly! But I had some thoughts I wanted to add.

In my classroom I have a quote on the wall - "To think creatively we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted." George Kneller. I find this so true. When you learn something new, you see the world differently. That's why we should never stop learning!

I love it when I teach a class on painting clouds, and a student says "I've never really seen clouds before!" or, "I can't quit staring at clouds now!"

I've looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down, and still somehow,
It's cloud illusions I recall,
I really don't know clouds, at all.-Joni Mitchel

My friend Rich Clem has a signature for his emails that has a quote I like. "Look at life with the eye's of a child" Henri Matisse. That's what we must do to free our creative self! Look at life as though we've never seen it before! Really look at it.

So, this week, slow down. Really look at what's important, what enriches your life. (a lovely dinner Al fresco with a good glass of wine? A walk in the evening when the light is long?) See if you can find time to really look at your muse. This week, schedule time to indulge in your passion and feed your creative self. Take time to savor the moments we have here. Make the most of the time you have to devote to your creativity!

Next week, I'd like to explore what thinking creatively really means. What does it mean to you?

yours creatively,

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