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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso at

When You Don’t Know What to Do Next With Your Creativity


Here is a simple activity to do when you get stuck and don’t know what to do with your creativity. Go for a walk with your camera or camcorder.  Before you head out, pick one of the Elements of Art as a theme for your photo shoot.

The Elements of Art are:

  • value,
  • space,
  • shape,
  • form,
  • color,
  • texture,
  • line

Focus on one element and take photographs that are related in some way with that element.

Furry Moss

Furry Moss

Today I did this activity. Lately, I have been very preoccupied with texture. So, that is what I focused on. I also decided to limit my subject a little more by focusing on “texture in nature”.  With that in mind, I went on a one hour nature walk through the woods.

Bark, moss and soft leaves

Bark, moss and soft leaves

I had never walked through these woods and had no idea what I would see or find. I was amazed at how dense the undergrowth was. In just a few steps I was hidden from the rest of the world.  I was not far from the road but could not see it. It felt like I was in the middle of no where.

Being a Texan, at first I was concerned about snakes, but then I remembered that my sister-in-law said that there were no poisonous snakes in this area. So, I stopped doing the “head down looking at every shadow walk”.

As I walked through the woods I could feel myself getting lost in the moment. It felt very good. I was looking for interesting texture to photograph, to touch, to enjoy. There were moss-covered trees of all sizes, giant ferns and smaller more delicate ferns, flowers, berries, stumps, snails and more.  I had no concept of time.

I started looking closer and closer, taking shots and changing the settings, going macro in some shots. It was a refreshing walk that revitalized my urge to create. I have new subject matter now and a better understanding of the environment where I am living.

Curled Leaf

Curled Leaf

Slug hidden under leaves

Slug hidden under leaves

2 comments to When You Don’t Know What to Do Next With Your Creativity

  • Sylvia Johnson

    Hi Terry,

    I have a business that encourages healing through creativity. I would love it if I could post some of your articles on my site. And also enlist you to do some articles for Create~ology Creations E- Magazine on Creativity & Health.

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    Sylvia Johnson

  • Thanks Sylvia, I’ll give Krystal a call.