While dealing with these outside influences I have taken to doing a lot more reading. I have been reading and enjoying my YouVersion Bible app (there are studies you can do on creativity!) and also a book called '100 Days of Solitude' by Daphne Kapsali. It is a very good book about Muses and the inner voice Anti-Muse that tries to dissuade you of your creative possibilities. It's available in different formats and on Kindle if you want the check it out. I am really loving it and I am only on day 24.
I haven't been doing ANY sewing during this time but I have been working on ideas in my sketchbook and taking a lot of reference photographs. These photos are mostly of of areas around us as well as sunrises (few) and sunsets (more). Sunrises seem like a good idea until around 5:30 in the morning and the outside temperatures are in the 30's or less.
Most of my photos will be used more for color combinations and proportions than actual landscape based artwork. Here is an example of what I am talking about:
- Approximately 2/5 of the photo is a medium neutral gray
- A 1/5 portion is a very dark neutral
- A 1/5 portion is a very light neutral
- The last 1/5 portion is vivid color (oranges and yellows)
Do you use photography in your work? Do you use them for your actual design inspiration or just as a jumping off point?