Monthly Theme - November 2020

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In the first month of Creative Haven, we are setting a very simple task! Set aside a 2-hour slot before the end of November for an artist date. This does not have to be photographic, although it can be if you wish. The point behind this task is to start loosening up your creativity. Your relationship towards taking time out for your photography will change, as will your relationship towards having fun and being freer with your expressions.

I often end up photographing on my artists' dates. But I tend to go for things that are more fun such as playing with the i phone in the sea! I sometimes purposefully go on a very slow walk through the forest with just my i phone as well and I try out different apps and fun methods on the phone camera.

I also sometimes paint as the only time I actually take time for painting is when it is a conscious choice. I am excited to see what you come up with and try and remember to take an image of what you did. It doesn't have to be an image of the end result - it can be the process. You can share these in the Facebook group at the end of the month. Looking forward to watching you have some fun this month.

Artist Dates

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“Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, ‘what sounds fun?’ — and then allow yourself to try it.”

– Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way

15 Ideas for November

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Go on a nature walk and collect found objects

Use your iPhone on your walk and experiment with Snapseed app

Tear up a magazine and create a collage or mood board

Bake a cake or cookies

Try some journalling

Try some ICM with your camera

Do some colouring in

Print a small photo of your work in a journal & write your thoughts or quotes all around it

Unplug for the day - switch off the internet and read books.

Paint a picture

Walk in the woods and practice Shinrin Yoku ( forest bathing)

Try slow shutter or moment app on your camera-phone around your house and see what you can create.

Watch a movie

Read a photographic book about a subject that interests you. I read books about water, silence and creativity.

Create a playlist of songs that inspire you