Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Seeking inspiration: Thinking outside the proverbial box and following your impulse

Photo from: jakobjaded


Darling Devotees,

If I learnt anything from my acting class last semester, I learnt this: to portray your character, you must become your character. My acting professor consistently urged us to get outside of our heads and the proverbial box and to free ourselves from our preconceptions and misconceptions. Only by so doing would we be able to follow our impulses, which are the truest reflections of our creativity. Creativity in its nature is impulsive. If you try to force it, it will not come. You must be able to let go of so many things at a certain point in time in order to let your creativity roam free. I don't particularly care for the phrase daydreaming and wandering minds because it suggests no end in sight and no product as a result. True creative thinking always has a product, because whatever you come up with, whatever you create is a product of your thinking. The product could be a question, a solution to a problem, or a newly discovered truth.

Be impulsive. Impulsivity is what happens when we do what we're inspired to without letting 'rational constraints' hold us back. Create music out of pots and pans. Store your books in a crate and quils in a glass jar. Make a painting with coloured sand. Do a fine work of art in crayon. Add a acoustic/country beat to a metal rock song. Do it and see. You could be surprised and stumble on a brilliant new method. Or you could just sit back and enjoy your creative freedom. At the very least, in the end you would have learnt a little more about yourself, your talent and your art.

Inspiration Assignment:
My Translation:
I'm producing a beat for an acoustically-folksy rock song for my translation: Here is a snippet. I'll try to post the rest by the end of this week on my next Artist Corner post.



Links I've loved this week:
I found so many amazing little gems this week. It's Exciting!!!

This post about how to get rid of sentimental clutter is really helpful.

I feel like this post by A on how to create a core wardrobe is so relevant. It could be the solution to numerous poorly timed wardrobe malfunctions.

I just love blogs that bring fiction into the blogosphere. If you like them too you should check out ellie, Cass and Cady and caitlin and megan

I dream of having Andrea's style and thrifting skills.
This is an amazing talk for anyone not just people with ADHD.

I never realised there were so many sewing and DIY tutorials and vlogs out there. Himehood is one of my favorites so far.

How to have an Alice in Wonderland tea party- It must be the theatre lover in me.

I would love my life to mimic the flow of this poem on Creative Everyday.

If you are a writer (as I assume many of you may be), and are looking for somewhere to get feedback on your work, you could check out this site.

This post on Zen Habits reveals a new way to approach simpler living.

Did you love Daphne of Scooby Doo's style when you were growing up?

And for those who share my interest in the day of a Costume Designer, see this post.

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"...And the winners for the 2010 Blogiversary giveaway are":

1. The surprise gift winner is Zmaga.
2. The CSN giveaway winner is Debbie.

Congratulations to you both! To get your prizes please email me your contact info. My email address is aury4eva@gmail.com.

Love you all and Stay inspired,



P.S. So let me know what you think. What inspired you this week? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.
Photo from: Daily Lolita ; Beat copyright of Frances a.k.a Aury.

13 comments:

Zmaga said...

OMG, OMG, OMG! Thank you, thank you, thank you! [apparently, I'll be saying things in triplets today :D] I am so excited, I never won anything like this! And it's from you, which makes it all the better.

On another note, I really liked the snippet you shared, you are very talented. And I love the images you used.

Audrey Allure said...

Love the video snippet - looks great! And beautiful inspiration!

Cafe Fashionista said...

You always find the most stunning images, Aury - loving these.

Congratulations to the winners!! :)

The Glamourous Grad Student said...

Thank you for the links, darling!

Nubiasnonsense said...

Your blog itself is very inspiring =) I think its very cool you're taking acting class... I did myself once upon a time but never stuck to it... goodluck sweets =)

ellie said...

so love the video and yes..I've always felt that way when you act..you must get to know..and be that character. Some fantastic ideas!

meg said...

wow, some wonderful things to think on. love the pics you found too. the music is so cool.

Destined For Now said...

Thanks for the links! Good luck with your assignment...the player won't load for me, but I'm sure it's amazing.

Elaine said...

This was a great post! We must all be true to ourselves.

clothed much, a modest fashion blog

Jeff King said...

I am loving it... and thx so much for your advice; it has hit home and helped a great deal.

ori said...

you are very inspiring.

cass and cady said...

I so loved the post.

The Waves said...

I like the idea that true creative process comes with a product, even if it is just a question. I sometimes struggle with not having fully found my creative outlet despite having a mind full of ideas. It is reassuring for me to think that thoughts can be just as valuable and tangible as any art form or way of expressing oneself.

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