At times I find the process of simply considering where to look mesmerizing and instead of actually creating, I get lost in the first phase! This is a journal page of a few of the places I find inspiration. The possibilities are endless! I have several more journal pages on this subject and haven't begun to cover them all! We need to be actively looking. It is easy to allow life's daily activities to numb us from the wealth of ideas that surround us! Pick a different color every day, focus on it and see where that leads you! Or a shape! A heart, circle (think mandala!), a star. Oval, rectangle, triangle . . . Watch what young people are wearing! And instead of getting annoyed, be intrigued! Many of them are pushing the boundaries. We don't have to dress the same way, but we probably learn something about the creative process. What are the current trends - in advertising, packaging, art, themes for conferences . . . Find an artist who inspires you and study their work - their history. Artists are always growing, learning, pushing the boundaries. Look at the variations in color, shapes, subject matter during their career. Delve into the details. Study their biographies and see how they were influenced . . . by lack of materials as they began their careers, by wars and social economics.
When a sprout breaks its casing and forces its way to the surface of the earth, it is the climax to a long and deep accumulation of life force, the product of unseen and subtle cycles. A seedling carries with it the complete pattern for its growth, perhaps the makings of an enormous tree. Although time and the right conditions are necessary, neither of those factors adds anything to the inherent nature of the seedling. It completely embodies its destiny.