When is the last time you stopped long enough to do something creative and fulfilling just for fun, just for you? Not to mention, creativity is an excellent way to exercise the right brain, which in turn will stimulate your imagination and maximize your productivity!
Creativity can take many forms, but I especially enjoy expressing myself artistically by collaborating with nature to make artful creations. Deriving inspiration with whatever found objects come to hand – feathers, twigs, bark, leaves, flower petals, stones, seed pods, grasses and reeds – you may be surprised to see what comes out of you. The little details of nature are fascinating, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve never noticed until you truly start looking around.
Depending on what materials you’re drawn to, your pieces may end up one, two or three dimensional. Try your hand at print-making with leaves, slices of fruit or seed pods, make collages from pressed leaves and flowers, create sculptural formations with interesting rocks or branches, make a textural weaving with twigs, vines or grasses, design mosaics with tiny, colorful pebbles or shells… really, the sky’s the limit to what you can do.
Following are some of my favorites from Flickr members, especially Richard Shilling’s land art. You can find more of Richard’s work here, it’s pretty spectacular.
Click on each photo’s caption to view the original photo on Flickr and see more work by each artist.