Here at the center of the Heart of the Matter Labyrinth you’ll find a rotating assortment of playful prompts and projects designed to awaken your creativity, whether it’s gone completely dormant or just napping. Azalea, the on-beyond-zebra, is always here to keep things FUN!
Today why not DARE to do things differently?
Dare to START something . . .
Dare to STOP something . . .
Dare to CHANGE something . . .
What does it feel like to be Daring?
What if Daring was tiny? Colorful? Edible? Magical? Safe?
Take a wander through ?wonder? land and make up magical-playful (not scientific) explanations for things like:
Why do thorns have roses?
Why does the sea change color?
Why is it farther coming back than going out?
Why are sounds (like creaky stairs) louder when you are trying to be quiet?
Add your playful explanations, and your own why prompts, in the comments!
Some days you just crave watermelon (either the food or the color), some days you don’t know exactly what you want.
From an artistic point of view, either way that’s an opportunity to explore! If you don’t have a project in mind, try picking a color and exploring its nuances.
It goes something like this: Pick a color to paint or draw with, we’ll call it the COTD (color of the day) . Pick out two other colors, they can be analogous (the things on either side of it on the color wheel) or complementary ( the things opposite on the color wheel) or one of each . . . or just two other colors you really like.
Start with your COTD (mine is watermelon) and make some marks on paper . . . . in my case I pretty much covered the paper . . .it’s not a color I use often so it was a bold start . . . when you are at an interesting place, start playing with your other two colors . . . mine were more or less complementaries — a teal/turquoise and sky blue . . . this is how it ended up:
with the addition of some gold ink, a couple of postage stamps, and bits of half a million old turkish lira . . .a funky, fun reminder to do what I love!
Can’t decide what to create? Why not woo your muse with music? Find some piece of music, or even a collection of tunes, that is at least 8-10 minutes long.
Then sit down with your journal or sketchpad and free-write or free-draw (or throw paint at paper, mess about with clay, random collage) and see where it takes you. If it’s intriguing continue it — if not, switch the music to something new and try again.
Responding to music is a great way to overcome ‘blank page paralysis’ and bypass the inner-critics!