W4W Inspiration for April 25… Inspiration
Dark, yet dreamy… the story will be revealed.
Do you sit and stare at a blank screen, which appears to be taunting you by your lack of ideas? It happens to everybody, especially those that blog. But there are ways to…
Find inspiration. Yes, that illusive concept that magically appears out of nowhere. Do you ever try to give it a nudge when drawing blanks?
Pick a color because color has association and emotion. It just might start a fire of inquiry.
And your best bet…GREEN. Recent studies show green to be a very inspiring color, great kick-butt motivation for design professionals. Did they really need a study for this? Anyone in touch with nature knows how important the color green is to both calm (restful and relaxing) and excite (get those creative juices flowing). My office is filled with green. Green helps everyone, the study says, even when just looking at a computer screen displaying a green square for a few moments. Who knew it was that easy?
“The reason behind the creativity hike may be that green is a signal of growth (both physical and psychological),” says Dr. Stephanie Lichtenfield. “Green may serve as a cue that evokes the motivation to strive for improvement and task mastery, which in turn may facilitate growth.”
Sometimes, working with your hands excites the mind. Tinkering in the garden (lots of green)? Exercising the body leads to exercising creativity, and going for a nature walk comes to mind. More green. Take a walk outside to clear the mind and get some fresh air. Work isn’t always productive, and the brain needs some period of inactivity.
A walk in the woods gets the imagination spinning. A Hanzel and Grettle or Little Red Ridinghood feel to this image, no? Going from the light and known into the dark and unknown. Seek ambiguity or contradiction. The image above is from the Post GGW – Into the Woods on Green Apples. The blog with the hip green colored apple, no accident. And Apple Green is the most inspiring shade I believe.
Contrasting two things often exaggerates each of them, creates tension and adds visual interest. Simply by putting a smooth texture next to a rough texture, both become stronger in composition, more apparent because of juxtaposition. It is the same as putting a moving object into a stationary scene, thereby, enhancing the motion in the resulting image. The use of opposites like light and dark, soft and hard, and the contrast of tonal elements are applicable to all areas of design, whether you are designing a garden or framing up a photograph.
Being ‘in the between’ with light beyond…
Maybe even resort to Googling the word inspiration, to see what images populate the screen. But don’t be too disappointed when seeing images that are tagged as such in a sea of the totally uninspiring. Even from this ‘failed’ exercise, ideas can be found. Inspiration can be gained from seeing that which is not.
A lot happens in a drop of water… what little world awaits.
See much more inspiration coming up, three additional posts with ways to kick-start inspiration. The next post looks at how others can inspire, where creativity breeds creativity. I hope you are inspired and your curiosity aroused. Inspiration is a great word for W4W on Wednesday, 25 April. Plan to join along.
Who inspires you? Where do you go to get inspired? How do you find your subjects to blog? What gives you the spark for your ideas? When is the best time to sit back and open up your mind? Can you picture it? Can you put it to words? You have a week to ponder, plus three more posts to give you food for thought.