Summer is finally here in all her glory. It is easy to go to our favorite places and get inspired by her beauty. Whether you are camping, boating, cycling, driving, hiking or beaching, you can open your eyes and ears to the surrounding of summer. There are great works of art in museums creatively inspired by nature. We, too, can be masters of nature art in our own way. To do the follow these three steps: first shed your judgment on your art; second, become inspired by nature; and third, enjoy fun, creative ideas spurred by nature.

Step one is dealing with self-judgment, specifically around your art (whatever form that takes). This is a big topic and not one we can fully discuss in detail. I have used the following tips to help myself and others deal with some of this self-criticism. Try as many of these as you’d like.

  • Acknowledge that we are all different and there are many different kinds of art to appeal to all these tastes. You can confirm this idea by going to an exhibit, or listening to various radio music stations. Notice how some things appeal more to you than others. This is the great thing about art and creativity with its individual appeal. It has a unique calling to each of us.
  • Do short meditations before you get into the “creative zone.” This will assist you in tapping into your inner spirit that loves to play and create.
  • Start small. See some of the temporary art ideas listed a bit later in this article. These are perfect starters to get into your creative spirit.
  • Enjoy the process of creativity. Have a goal of having fun with the act of creating rather than worrying about the end product.

The next step is getting inspired. Sounds easy, right? Don’t let your self-judgment psyche you out to get inspired. To get inspired tap into the creative juices inside you and let your environment speak to you. Natured inspired topics are an easy fit for this but you can use manmade objects as well.

Here is a tip to assist in getting inspired: Because we tend to be overly visual in our senses try this:

  • Sit quietly outside (no phone or music) and close your eyes for 60 seconds.
  • Breathe deeply and expand your senses.
  • Notice how the air feels, the temperature on your skin. What do you smell? Can you see the shadows of light behind your eyelids? Now listen to the sounds of man and nature co-mingling.
  • Now open your eyes and confirm the sensations you experienced and jot your first impressions in a note book.

Step three is to enjoy the fun and creative ideas. Here are some for you to do individually or in groups. Temporary art is impromptu, on-the-spot and not meant to last. It is to be enjoyed in the moment and a good way to develop the practice of the “process of creating.”

  • At the beach: make sand sculptures or collages out of shells and stones.
  • In the woods: collect fallen sticks, moss, rocks and leaves to make an arrangement that pleases you.
  • On the water: feel the wind and sun, hear the lapping and movement of the waves to inspire a poem: “Ode to the fish that got away.”
  • Around home make a still life of flowers, vegetables and fruit.

Other project ideas to share or to use as a remembrance of nature inspiration:

  • Press flowers, grasses and leaves to use in projects such as making cards or stationery.
  • Photograph collages of favorite events and summer spots. You can have a special bulletin board that you use to exchange photos easily from week to week.
  • Write a short story about a favorite summer trip or adventure.
  • Sidewalk chalk drawings; enjoy colorful geometric shapes or nature shapes of flowers, clouds, rainbows in a large area of the driveway.
  • Make your own wind chime or mobile with items found in nature such as shells, stones, flowers or leaves.
  • Compose a song of nature sounds intermingled with your own words.

One Response to “Nature inspired creativity”

  1. Teresa,
    I *love* being out in nature! I started my day that way today, with a bike ride out in the woods on a trail near our home. What a wonderful start to this day!

    Here’s the thing, though: I rode past a small lake, the sun rising from behind it…and I only quickly glanced and continued on. A quick glance, as I told myself “that is a view really worth soaking in”. And such is life…how often do we rush off to the next place (or thing) and miss the beauty of the moment (and the beauty within that it inspires)??

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