When the temperature dips by 20 degrees overnight from zero to – 20 C the temptation not to get up in the morning is overwhelming. This scenario presented itself just a few days ago. Good thing the local camera club had an outing planned. We packed our cameras (and silly me brought all my lenses – I did need that weight lifting workout…), tripods and bundled up.
The destination was the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw. There are three of these museums in Saskatchewan. The Moose Jaw branch has its focus on transportation. Airplanes, cars, trucks, motor bikes and pedal bikes have been refurbished and displayed. Not my usual area of interest if you know me a little or have followed this blog. .
I broke away from the group almost immediately. I find that wandering about on my own will eventually lead to a noteworthy discovery. And it didn’t take long: My personal interest spiked when I came upon several motors, the hood ornaments and name plaques of antique cars, and best of all, a shed filled with pedal bikes large and small.
How does this fit in with my art? At first you may not think so, but when it comes to composition, identifying line and shape, looking for reflection and depth of field it all falls into the category of art education. Yes, I could have stayed home to fondle fabric and threads in the cozy warmth of my studio. Instead I decided to stretch my imagination, join nine other photographers and “play” with my new macro lens.
A personal realization also plays an important role: It is so easy to just “hide” in the studio. But when I am there every day and don’t interact with others to stimulate and challenge my creativity I soon loose touch with reality and my creative drive. I call venturing out to interact with other artists (no matter what their medium may be) “cross-fertilizing.”
Why did I share this with you today? The month is coming to an end and despite best intentions many of us who thought the Creative Daily Act Challenge was “just the ticket” are looking at the less than satisfactory “pile” of CDAs. We have two choices: We can either just drop off the radar and ignore the opportunity to share what we created on the Flickr group I set up, or we can move ahead and upload one, two, five or all the CDAs we created during January with the “Bleak Mid-Winter” theme.
Consider this: Every single CDA has brought us closer to creativity. I know that life gets in the way a lot more often than when we anticipate it. Refocusing and recommitting to our creativity one CDA at a time is what it’s all about. Treat yourself today: Set aside 15 minutes and put some marks on a 2.5 x 3.5″ piece of card stock. There – isn’t this easy?