September Creativity Tips - Starting a Personal Project

by Sarah Stevenson September 29, 2016

September Creativity Tips - Starting a Personal Project

"Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits" - Twyla Tharp Back in June, I asked you to follow along with a new book I was reading called The Wander Society. I have read about 3/4 of the book. In it, Keri Smith discusses Walt Whitman and the fact that he may be one of the founders of this "secret society". I'm not sure what I think about the possibility of a secret society of artists and creatives but I do believe it's a great place to begin to explore and find new ways of refining your path. red-line-design-909-maryjo-1 [Mary Jo Hoffman - STILL - relative losses] This month, I'm taking that explorer notion and opening it up to "personal projects". These are projects you create that are purely for the desire of making and building your skill set as an artist. I have completed several of these over the past few years and find my art and photography has really grown because of the discipline to do something continuously. red-line-design-909-maryjo-2 [Mary Jo Hoffman - STILL - one pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small] I'm also inspired by other artists and their thought processes behind what they create. Have you seen STILL blog? It is a blog created by artist - Mary Jo Hoffman. She has been sharing a daily photo for (4) years, of gathered natural objects, on a white background. The images are strikingly beautiful but its also the discipline to keep creating after such a long period of time that interests me.   red-line-design-908-lisacongdon2 [Lisa Congdon - Collection a Day - 2010] Of course, I couldn't write a post about personal projects without including, my dear friend Lisa Congdon. One of her first personal projects is called: A Collection a Day where she photographed a collection each day for 365 days. This project had it's own blog and eventually turned into a book published by Uppercase Magazine. red-line-design-908-lisacongdon [Lisa Congdon - Experiments in Blue - Week 34] Lisa's most recent project is entitled Experiments in Blue. For 52 weeks, Lisa is painting, drawing and creating artwork using primarily blue as a starting point for her creations. As you can see these are two very different projects that show a great range in her development as an artist. bonjour_lowres_flat-e1465230416741 [Lisa Congdon - Experiments in Blue - Week 23] By continually stretching yourself and gathering subjects that interest you, your art, photography and creative discipline will grow into a body of work that over time can become a jumping off point for further exploration. In the coming months I will be exploring personal projects in greater depth and sharing some of my personal journeys with you. Have a great Thursday! Note: Special Thanks to Mary Jo Hoffman for the use of her images and to Lisa Congdon for the constant friendship and YES! when asked to use her images!


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