170213 Twenty Questions: Creative Exercise

She talks about da Vinci and his ability to observe and question so many aspects of his current issue of interest.

Advertisements

On page 176 of The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Tharp encourages people to be thorough.  She talks about da Vinci and his ability to observe and question so many aspects of his current issue of interest.  Tharp invites us to write down twenty questions that we have about a topic before beginning an investigation.  She says whether you are preparing for anything…from a drawing or to a film and more forming questions can help you to cultivate a sense of purpose and understanding.  I think it can also maybe help me to engage with my own mind about what it wants, or to challenge me to think more deeply.

The first challenge I see is to decide what I am interested in writing twenty questions about.  I feel there needs to be some sort of exercise to get me to a place where I’m ready for this exercise.  Since that is not provided I will have to try to sort this out myself…So at this point you may want to scroll down a ways to where I’m over this hump, move on to a different post or join my pain as I contemplate some possible topics:

Possible topics…  book I want to write about (sleep, water, two worlds)

spin dance study… ok that was easier than I thought, I am actually really interested in both those avenues and that took me less than 5 minutes to think up.

I will choose the Book for twenty questions to get me started into the creative process

  1. What will you name the sleep side?
  2. How will you identify the villains?
  3. What have they done that is so heinous?
  4. Will there be elements that braid the two worlds together?
  5. What can pass through the layer? Why?
  6. Is there a limit on extra senses for the sleep world?
  7. Is each person the only one with that ability or can it be held by multiple people or are some traits singular and others more mundane and wide spread?
  8. How can sleep be stolen?  Water?
  9. How can this be made more relevant and relatable to today’s world?
  10. Is there are more important factor that should be addressed instead?
  11. What is the main goal of the protagonists?
  12. What is the main goal of the antagonists?
  13. Is there a middle ground?
  14. Do we at times get to see things from both perspectives?
  15. Do we get personal with both sides?
  16. What kinds of messages should be sent?
  17. How soon are duel personalities revealed..if ever?
  18. Which characters are aware of their flip side presence?
  19. How do I make sure it isn’t cheesy?
  20. HOw do I make it realistic?

In a way I like this idea of presenting questions, but then in a way it is overwhelming too.  As I pile up the questions before me that need to be answered I feel further from my goal because I see more to do.  I guess it is also a starting point and I can try to tackle something once it has been named.  Perhaps on another day I can use my creative time to start to design possible solutions to some of these questions. This exercise took me 20-40 minutes.

170130 Arranging Objects exercise

“…one way she uses to see things anew is by throwing coins onto a surface and manipulate them into different arrangements.”

In Tharp’s book she says one way she uses to see things anew is by throwing coins onto a surface and manipulate them into different arrangements.

.  As a choreographer the arrangements could be translated into formations of dancers or movements or many things, it’s just a free form activity that helps the mind shift modes.  I tried the activity on Monday and used some random chunky beads from my jewelry making supplies.

This may also be a good activity to help kids categorize objects.  They could pick a qualifier and sort and arrange according to that.  One of my arrangements used only the natural wood feeling beads.  To do two outer circle layers I told myself I would not use two of the same type of bead, so they would all look different. In one sort I used only dull/ muted colors Etc.

170129: 60 Uses for 1 Object: Creative Exercise

So, pick a common object and try to generate 60 different ideas for it’s use.

Tharp observed, when she offered this exercise to crowds, that the first third of responses were common responses. The middle third were more interesting and the last third were often the most inventive.  So, pick a common object and try to generate 60 different ideas for it’s use.

Object: Paper Clip

  1. hold paper
  2. pick an easy lock
  3. picture hanging hook
  4. fuse breaker
  5. skewer
  6. weigh down paper airplane nose
  7. fake sword wars
  8. make jewelry
  9. zipper pull (first feeling stuck)
  10. chain together to make plant hanger
  11. hair clip
  12. make a bra a razor back
  13. hold a fold
  14. build a trivet
  15. lengthen to make antenna
  16. prison weapon
  17. stir stick for epoxy/ super glue
  18. finger nail cleaner
  19. doll house lamp stand
  20. flatten and make an instrument
  21. fondue dipper
  22. pusher for reset buttons
  23. sharpen, heat and use as ear piercer
  24. temporary pants button replacement
  25. combine together to make model human figure
  26. homemade fishing stringer
  27. puncture tool
  28. put in someone’s engine to wreck it
  29. melt down and make into something else, like false tooth/bullet
  30. collection of various kinds
  31. table mosaic material
  32. attach to stick bottom- pointed to make trash collector
  33. make an ant bridge
  34. make a maze
  35. car body for remote control car
  36. kite frame
  37. Microsoft word assistant
  38. Stop motion animated character
  39. unbend for new glasses stems
  40. bubble maker tool
  41. easter egg caddy
  42. simple engagement ring
  43. false god
  44. tool for weaving
  45. spit wad catapult
  46. game spinner
  47. artifact for future societies
  48. unfurl for bra/ corset support wire
  49. bra hook
  50. I phone sim card remover
  51. bookmark
  52. (really stuck here) disco ball making material
  53. branding tool
  54. make heart for valentine
  55. reusable twist tie
  56. car vandalizing tool
  57. release air from rubber balls
  58. unfurl for tic tac toe board
  59. hook in plaster mold
  60. wedge

170123: Name Your 5 Biggest Creative Fears

This exercise is from Tharp’s The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life p. 31

Tharp challenges you to name your fears in order to face them and then focus on how you might be able to overcome them individually.

  1. I won’t be able to keep up with all the things I want to accomplish.
  2. Will I make things worth the time spent?
  3. What is something unique that I can contribute?
  4. Do I have enough energy to be successful?
  5. Can I find quality mentors? How?

I will work toward answering and nullifying these questions over the next few weeks.

170118: Circles of Accomplishment

Tharp in The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life says that one way she deals with all of the things she needs to accomplish is to write down everything she wants to achieve in the next few months.  More important goals are written larger in proportion to their import.  She also tries to estimate how much time needs to be dedicated to the task and how they may fit in relation to other things that need to be done.  Today my prompt comes from p. 178 of her book.

I found my goals in creativity at this point have not yet demanded to outweigh each other.  Maybe we are a team and everyone will get a turn, or perhaps some will come to the forefront as things progress.  For now, I am content with this exercise for providing me a reference point where I can jot down new ideas I may have or look for inspiration when I don’t know what I might want to do next.  I was hoping that might be the case, which is why I wanted to do this exercise toward the start of the trial.  I included the Accomplishment guide (which is all I can call it, since I haven’t really done the circles part) as the image for this post, but I will share a few things I have written down there. I found that I also wrote down things I want to accomplish that aren’t creative, but I made their own section on the page and won’t work on them during creative time.  But I figure, why not apply the idea to my life as widely as it may be effective.

Complete Active Practice Game- requires brainstorming (four activities), sketching, woodburning- on 8 tiles.

Creative Blog Posts- requires imagining ideas, writing, and some photography

Yoga and Dancing Sessions- video, clear space, maybe music, maybe set up Patreon

Spontaneous Creative Cooking- food items, kitchen, also applies to Dry Cabin Living

Jewelry Project- if access to studio

Drawing- observation, imaginative, and from photo

Photoshop- try to make Gator Grad Tee design if can do by deadline, check deadline

Art EDU Blog- Write blog posts and use pictures from traveling to share arts from around the world at arteducationation.blogspot.com

I may add more to this list, but at least it’s a starting point

17/01/29 Also starting to do jewelry work at home, what I can do with wire wrapping.

 

 

 

 

 

170117: Creative Autobiography

One I considered a success because of the attention it warranted from others. The other I consider a success because of the internal feeling of elation/ concentration/ balance I felt…

Day One 170117 9:44pm

Prompt: p. 45 of Tharp’s The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

Tharp poses the questions below, I just took them one at a time and tried to be as honest in the moment as I could. I found the question about habits and routines to be the most challenging to self identify, I needed someone close to me to to help.

Creative Autobiography of Lara Fahnlander

What is the first creative moment you remember?

I guess fort building with my mom in the back yard. I thought it was such fun to make an entirely new space in our ordinary backyard. Realizing that the shelter could be made in different places and turn out differently because of our choices.

Was anyone there to witness or appreciate?

Yes, my mom.

What is the best idea you’ve ever had?

I guess deciding to be a good person everyday and help contribute to good feelings in the world.

What made it great in your mind?

Because it can influence everything else that happens in relation to me.

What is the dumbest idea?

To listen to someone else’s idea of what I should do with my life

What made it stupid?

Trusting someone else to know better than my own heart.

Can you connect the dots that led you to this idea?

Being young and unsure of the realities of what I might need to know or do to survive and thrive as a grown person.

What is your creative ambition?

To share the gifts that only I can contribute to the world. I want to unleash my pure creative self from inhibitions and the priorities of others and society.

What are the obstacles to this ambition?

Some obstacles are

time in relation to the needs that relationships and daily life seem to require

not being focused and clearly directed in my pursuits at all times

technology woes, energy levels, materials, location in various combinations or succession

What are the vital steps to achieving this ambition?

Carving time for this priority, keeping it in the forefront, getting digitally organized, creating a creative habit?

How do you begin your day?

I am not a very ritualistic person. The main consistent things are that I wake up fairly easily and happily and I always brush my teeth and run my fingers through my hair as a comb.

What are you habits? What patterns do you repeat?

Interesting question to ponder… Right now I try to always put my keys in the same place. I brush my teeth morning and night. I will have to discuss this question further with my boyfriend.

Describe your first successful creative act.

While in grade school I took an after school watercolor class. We had a show at the end of the course. A friend of my mom’s offered to buy one of my paintings. I turned her down.

Describe your second successful act.

Actually before the other, I would build block towers of varying shape, but only one block wide that were taller than me. I’m not sure if this is considered creative.

Compare them.

One I consider a success because of the attention it warranted from others. The other I consider a success because of the internal feeling of elation/concentration/balance I felt as I was able to build taller and taller.

10:12pm- converse with Taylor.

My boyfriend concurs I have few routines, but adds: I look in the mirror before leaving the house, usually put on earrings and necklace

Some habits: straighten my eyebrows without thinking, check my phone for time in the morning upon waking

Throughout year, but non-daily habit: keep track in my 10 yr. journal.

10:38pm