Its the time of year again where I start to feel a little antsy. Maybe because there is less and less time spent outside, maybe it is because my birthday is rolling around or maybe it is because of the holidays and the fact that another new year is about to roll over and a new one begin. Or maybe, just maybe it is something else.
When I feel a bit stir crazy like this it is a creativity bug that I notice most. I want to make things and to let my hands and eyes do the magic that I know they can do if I give them a chance. If I just get my head out of the way and let things happen.
I think this year, the antsy-ness might be a little worse than usual, because I have that other major creative endeavor happening- you know the little boy that has entered my life? He takes time and isn't always thrilled if I am paying more attention to the sewing machine or the camera settings then him. Mind you I am SO not complaining about this little distraction of a person. He is the best thing going if you ask me, it is just trying to find that balance that I always heard other woman talking about- being a mom and being me. (And, by the way, who is this "me" now anyway? so much has shifted in the 8 weeks that Mr.O has been on this planet I can't even tell you.)
But anyway, back to the creativity business. I have been thinking a lot about my photography. How can I make it better, what do I want to work on, to approve upon? I have been going out onto flickr and have been thinking that I should start to really study those photos that I favorite. Why are they something that I put a little star by? Is it the composition of the photograph that I like? Perhaps the lighting or the tone of the photo. Is the picture in black and white or color- if its in color what about the color draws me in? If I can study what it is I like and recognize it, then shouldn't I be able to use it as inspiration and to improve my own photos using those as an example, I think so. This is why I love the Internet. It gives me this fantastic opportunity to take a tour through an art gallery without leaving the couch.
When I go out for my daily or almost daily walk, I need to pack the camera with me. start snapping photos as I go. Today I saw several beautiful photographs as I walked up to the park and around the loop. I took mental photographs but didn't have the Canon on me to do the real thing. The trees in town are amazing right now, the skies dramatic with clouds and shots of sun streaming through hitting the mountains in the most theatrical way.
Where do you all find inspiration? When do you fit in your creative time? And how do you keep your creative selves fueled?