I love to explore. I love to people watch in public places. Put me anywhere and I love to walk around a see what there is to be seen. When I take a walk through nature, or in the city for that matter too, I am just as busy looking on the ground as I am taking in all the sights and sounds around me. I love digging through junk at flea markets and curiosities at antique stores in wonder of what I might find. (One time I scored a series of animal skulls and bones from a hunter for next to nothing.) I call this living a curious life and it is part of what feeds my creativity.
There is a famous quote…
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorthy Parker
I say, curiosity is the cure for creative block as well. We need to nourish our creative spirit on a regular basis if we want to thrive as an artist. Here are a list of eight of my favorite ways to feed my creativity:
- Go for a long walk.
Take the time to go for a walk, whether in nature or the city, and take in the surroundings. Not only is this great stress relief, the fresh air and new sights clear my mind.
- Sketch in a public place.
Go to a local coffee shop, park or mall and find a spot to sit a sketch people.
- Learn something new.
Go to the bookstore or library and peruse the art books and books on subjects that interest you.
- Art Exhibition Openings and Art Walks
Check out what other local artists are doing at local galleries.
- Spend a day at a local museum.
Find a local history, art or science museum and spend the day.
- Explore new places.
I am lucky enough to live in the Chicago area where there is a wide variety of ethnic neighborhoods to explore. I love to go take my camera and sketchbook and spend a day taking pictures and drawing.
- Local Public Gardens and Arboretums
Bring the camera or sketchbook to a local botanical garden or nature center.
- Browse Unique Shops and Markets
Whether its antique stores, vintage stores, ethnic food markets or flea markets, for me it is all eye candy with plenty of hidden treasures to be found.