I can’t remember whether I have ever posted this journal page before, but I came across it while cleaning my studio (correct that: while procrastinating about cleaning the studio and looking through journals and sketchbooks instead.)
I posted it to an Artist Journal Facebook Group I belong to, and one of the comments was: “I wish I could think of ideas like that.”
We tend to think that people are born with the ability to think outside the box, but that isn’t true. It can be learned, and once you learn it, it’s like a hole in the dam opens and the ideas flow so fast they knock you over.
My creativity workshop, which started Thursday and did attract a great group of students, is about the things you can do to tilt your brain enough to see the original ideas that are in there.
It’s a process.
In this case, the idea map started with the fact that I love to paint my art supplies – especially pencils. I have painted them all my life – in every imaginable circumstance. Well not EVERY imaginable circumstance, as it turns out. . .
These are watercolor pencils which led me to the water idea – what if they were submerged in water? They would have to keep their “heads” dry, or they would “paint” the lake. (silly logic).
And the points look like mountains (visual association).
But, I didn’t want them to be mountains, because I wanted them to be in water (there is some plan to this).
So, I just painted a lake, stuck the pencils into it up to their necks, and made the mountains in the background the rounded kind.
Now, the cool thing, is that many other ideas come from that one – like what if one tipped over and started coloring the lake? What if boats were tied up to the pencils? What if the pencils were roped into a raft – leaving a rainbow trail in the water behind it? What might be on the raft?. . . and so on.
You see how this goes?
You don’t have to be crazy like me. Your ideas can be a little less surreal, but you CAN learn creative thinking.
And sure enough, from the very same lesson, I am so happy to see each of the students taking it in different directions.
You can join the Outside the Box workshop at any point and the first set of lessons will be emailed to you.
And I have learned something. We needed a place to share our pages in this workshop, and I have previously tried Yahoo and Flickr.
I found Yahoo awkward since they changed everything, and you can’t chat much on Flickr. Plus, I find the uploading part difficult on Flickr.
So, I have set up a closed Group on Facebook for this workshop, and am pleasantly surprised at how easy it is. I am not a Facebook fan for personal stuff, but the closed Groups work well.
For a long time now, I have wanted to establish a Group somewhere for Garden Journaling. It would also be about any garden art – and the art of gardening – sharing photos and information as well as drawings.
There are two sister websites I really like:
Where artists submit and share illustrated recipes, travel art and maps. Wonderful websites and I once suggested to the brother and sister who run them that they add “They Draw and Garden”. They thought it was a great suggestion, but never acted on it. I eventually bought the domain name myself, but haven’t acted on it either.
I wonder how many artist/gardeners we have reading this blog? Would you be interested in a group where we shared all that? Please leave a comment if you would. I’m thinking a closed Facebook Group would work well.