Day 234 Watercolor Rose

Day 234 Watercolor Rose by pixygiggles
Day 234 Watercolor Rose, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

My creativity feels like it has hit a brick wall. Lately, my daily photos have been much less than impressive to me, and my attempt at a watercolor tonight left me equally unimpressed. If there is anything this 366 photography project is teaching me, it is that creativity cannot be commanded. It must be inspired. I guess I’m not feeling very inspired lately.

This makes me curious. What tips, tricks, and techniques do you guys use to keep the creative juices flowing?

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7 thoughts on “Day 234 Watercolor Rose

  1. I can fully empathise with you. I often go out with the best intentions in the world to photograph a subject and when I arrive, it just doesn’t work for me. The trick is to recognise early that you’re flogging a dead horse.
    Other times, I might go out for a subject because I get completely distracted by something else. I’ve found that it’s better to let that distraction run it’s course, get it out of your system there and then, so to speak – even if that means passing up on my original intention.

    What can help is setting an arbitrary task – photographing circles, triangles, squares. To start with photograph the obvious, drain covers, post tops, etc, but they must form a ‘perfect’ figure in the frame – no ellipses, rectangles, etc. Then move to the more abstract, e.g. a square might be formed by the junction of upper and lower wire with a post at each end, but you have to position yourself so the shape formed looks like a square. For doors you may need some height or get down low. A real ellipse at the right angle will form a circle.
    If your mind is suddenly drawn to something specific, or an idea, go with it. The exercise of shapes is really only like a starter motor – you might have to turn the engine over a few times but eventually the thing will start.

    As to the watercolour, it may not impress you but I’d be well happy to be able to create something like that! 😉

    1. Excellent suggestion, Stephen! Sometimes going back to the basic elements of design like shape, line, color, etc. can be a great starting point to inspire creativity. Thanks for that reminder and the compliment about the watercolor. I greatly appreciate both!

  2. I think the watercolour is fantastic as are the tips above of setting goals, for example I use this weekly list for guidance and although I don’t always get something fitting it gives me idea’s.

    (WK#1) Jan 02 — New Years Eve/Day
    (WK#2) Jan 09 — Summer / Winter
    (WK#3) Jan 16 — Rule of Thirds
    (WK#4) Jan 23 — Up
    (WK#5) Jan 30 — Eyes
    (WK#6) Feb 06 — Signs
    (WK#7) Feb 13 — Shadows
    (WK#8) Feb 20 — Other Photographers
    (WK#9) Feb 27 — In the Workplace
    (WK#10) Mar 05 — Depth of Field
    (WK#11) Mar 12 — Spring/Autumn
    (WK#12) Mar 19 — Planes, Trains & Automobiles
    (WK#13) Mar 26 — Playing with Light
    (WK#14) Apr 02 — Night
    (WK#15) Apr 09 — Easter / Fire
    (WK#16) Apr 16 — Technology
    (WK#17) Apr 23 — The Kitchen
    (WK#18) Apr 30 — Symmetry
    (WK#19) May 07 — Sky & Clouds
    (WK#20) May 14 — Contrasting Colours
    (WK#21) May 21 — Flowers
    (WK#22) May 28 — Self Portrait
    (WK#23) Jun 04 — Straight out of Camera
    (WK#24) Jun 11 — Architecture
    (WK#25) Jun 18 — Love
    (WK#26) Jun 25 — Water
    (WK#27) Jul 02 — Red, White, Blue
    (WK#28) Jul 09 — My Hometown
    (WK#29) Jul 16 — Summer/Winter
    (WK#30) Jul 23 — The S-Curve
    (WK#31) Jul 30 — Sillouette
    (WK#32) Aug 06 — Animals
    (WK#33) Aug 13 — Textures
    (WK#34) Aug 20 — Portrait
    (WK#35) Aug 27 — Sunset
    (WK#36) Sep 03 — Metal
    (WK#37) Sep 10 — In The Garden
    (WK#38) Sep 17 — Autumn/Spring
    (WK#39) Sep 24 — Negative Space
    (WK#40) Oct 01 — Colors
    (Wk#41) Oct 08 — Body Parts
    (WK#42) Oct 15 — Black & White
    (WK#43) Oct 22 — Openings
    (WK#44) Oct 29 — Reflections
    (WK#45) Nov05 — Halloween
    (WK#46) Nov12 — Vanishing Point
    (WK#47) Nov19 — Time
    (WK#48) Nov26 — Mostly White
    (WK#49) Dec03 — Smiles
    (WK#50) Dec10 — Street Photography
    (WK#51) Dec17 — Winter/Summer
    (WK#52) Dec24 — Mirrors
    (WK#53) Dec30 — Christmas / Decay

    from https://plus.google.com/u/0/?tab=mX#107553450680914912872/about

    I also try and participate in other idea’s from the likes of http://www.nickexposed.com and his community collaboration projects for example at the moment he’s got us looking at fairy story’s and their meanings to us this month. I also look at blogs like your own, before actually reading your words your picture had me on Amazon looking at watercolour kits even though I’ve not held a brush in anger since I left school many moons ago.

    Inspiration is around you even though it’s sometimes tough to recognise it.

      1. I am as clueless as you with this months challenge from Nick and Shannon, I’m determined to some up with something though, I was spying my kids toys last night and plotting, hope you find some inspiration from my suggestions, they are out there it’s just translating them.

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