Thursday, 2 June 2011

Chasing creativity...

When I was a little girl, I used to spend weeekends scrapbooking, collage-making, and knitting. No, I wasn't boring, I had a social life too. I was just more creative. I've learnt that I have a creative soul and when I'm not creative, I often become stressed and mentally frustrated.

In my previous blog , Lullah in Wonderland, back in 2009, I took part in  a pledge in the London Word Festival's 'One Hundred Days to Make Me a Better Person' project. My pledge was to take a picture that represents my day, accompany it with a word that also represents my day and post it on my blog, which is essentially what I did... for 46 days. I started to feel bad when, for whatever reason, I couldn't take a picture or post to my blog so I quit. To this day, I am still annoyed with myself for it.

So I'm back. I decided today to stop looking longingly at  blogs where the author does not fear and puts whatever they feel like with little care for who reads it. Well actually before doing this, I found this video, Jonathan Harris: Today, which was exactly what I was going for when I had decided to complete my own project back in 2009.  If you can't be bothered to watch it, here is a brief summary of his intentions: a guy turns 30, realises he isn't quite where he wants to be in life so starts documenting his existence daily through photography, just one photograph a day.
Two thoughts kept disturbing me when watching the video:
1)This guy lives in a beautiful place somewhere in America.  I live in Walthamstow, East London, which is not renowned for its beauty.
2) This guy clearly does and sees some weird and wacky stuff. I am teacher who spends most of her day at school, if not, I will then be thinking about school or doing something towards school.

And yes, you've guessed it. I nearly quit again right there and then.
But here I am...

I think I will always love writing, drawing and photography yet I spend such little time doing them.
I have recently joined up to 750 words, which is based on Julia Cameron's The Artist Way  and her suggestion to complete Morning Pages - three pages of whatever happens to be in your stream of consciousness while writing - and I am writing again. I have downloaded an app called Pic Plz where I have been trying to be more creative when taking photos on my phone. And finally, I have started drawing again, using a book I bought a long time ago called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.

(Now I'd like you to know I hadn't drawn in about nine years before drawing these:)

Me -

My hand -

So, what's my point? Well, I want you to use Mildred and Montag to chart my quest for creativity and I want to have fun doing it. So, I'll be here creating photo stories, drawings and other crap for myself, that anyone is free to come and have peek at if  they want to.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~ Seneca