CED May Theme: Nature
April 26th, 2009
The *totally optional* theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge in May will be Nature!
I feel like this theme flows so beautifully from the color theme in April. I already feel myself transitioning towards it as I've been taking loads of snapshots on my walks. I've been drawn to flowers blooming, patterns in trees, mushrooms growing in the ground, birds building nests, and refelections in water. So much beauty!
How can you use this theme in your creations? Well, you could use the previous themes to help you brainstorm by getting playful and writing all the ways you could intepret the theme. Perhaps you will dream something up? Or perhaps you will begin exploring the colors in your natural environment?
If you need some suggestions, I will be posting about the theme throughout the month. Here are a few ideas to get you started. You could:
- *Take your camera for a walk in nature and snap pictures of whatever catches your eye.
- *Use natural elements as a painting tool (paint with a stick or a feather).
- *Draw or paint outdoors.
- *Use a color combination from nature in a piece of art.
- *Use the shapes of nature in a piece of art.
- *Make prints with natural elements (leaves, potatoes, apples.)
- *Learn about an animal you're interested in and incorporate it into an art piece.
- *Pay attention to the rhythms of nature and reflect on them in your creations.
How to use the CED themes:
If you're feeling creatively stuck or blocked at any point during the month, use the theme as a source of inspiration to get you moving.
Using the theme is entirely optional for CED participants. Use it if it inspires you, ignore it if it doesn't. I'll be sharing posts throughout the month around the theme (among other things) to get you thinking about how to incorporate it into your life. I'd love to hear how you use the theme in your creative world.
Feel free to focus on the theme in your creative activities for the entire month or as much as you'd like.
And have fun with it!
Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.
~Mary Ann Brussat
p.s.The pictures in the theme image are all from a walk I took last week. Spring has definitely sprung in New England and it's so inspiring!