|I need a creative outlet|
|George Harrison-He kept good company|
It isn't necessarily about creating things yourself (although being inspired to do so can be very rewarding) its about exploring new ideas and concepts and not allowing your brain to turn to mush. Here are some ways I surround myself with inspiration.
Turn off the telly box
Yes I know I just said I found the George Harrison documentary inspiring which was on TV but for me I find too much time in front of the TV just eats away my time leaving me feel mentally stagnant. I'm quite ruthless about what I will watch. Good dramas (my love for Mad Men knows no bounds) great documentaries and I'm not too high brow to enjoys watching celebrity's sashaying across the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing but I wont watch any "quasi reality" shows or anything which demands huge chunks of my time such as soaps.
Don't live in a cultural cul de sac
One of the most exciting parts of growing up is developing your own sense of taste and style. Knowing what you like and not caring if it isn't every ones cup of tea is so liberating . Its important though to check out other things and go off reservation occasionally.
|Feed Your Brain|
Keep Good Company
Read Until Your Eyes Bleed
From the time we start school (and sometimes earlier) we are spoon fed values and given a life view which may in actual fact have nothing to do with your life (to misquote Morrissey) reading books can be a great way to open yourself up to new thoughts and feelings. Seeing things from a different point of view gives you a framework to question your own approach to the world and take on board new ideas.
Have an arsenal of creative kick starts
Whenever I feel my creative juices are just totally dried up and I'm starting to feel like a drone I have a few items which always centre me and make me fizz again. These are not very cool or highbrow but include:
Listening to the song "Delius" by Kate Bush.
This song has always made me feel especially joyful and floaty.It reminds me of a dream.Written about the obscure British composer Frederick Delius its such a unique song and makes me want to paint.
Reading The Diary Of Freida Kahlo
This journal by the amazing Mexican artist is full of poems, watercolours and tales of her struggles both as an artist and as a woman. I love her work and feel it really speaks to me so this book always resets my creative clock.
Watching Moulin Rouge
I can watch this film again and again and always find something new in it. Its such a visual feast and makes me feel like my insides are made of glitter.
How do you feed your creativity. What inspires you?
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