creativity

A Change of Scenery to Boost Creativity

A change of scenery always helps me boost my creativity.

It’s no lie that during the week I spend a lot of time inside. I create art, send out a weekly newsletter, sew, read, watch movies on a Roku player (we opted out of cable TV), cook, clean, write blog posts and take long baths.

I live an urban area and the post office, the grocery store, Urban Ore, banks, restaurants, cafes, a fabric store, drug stores, a hardware store, public parks and my dentist are all only a few minutes walk from my home.

Within a few miles from my home I can drive, bus or bike to Blick Arts, the library, and many, many other businesses and services. You probably get the picture by now – I am surrounded by businesses, buildings, buses, cars, bikes and pedestrians.

To boost my creativity I take frequent breaks.

This past weekend, I was craving a natural environment away from my usual radius of regularly visited locations.

Recently we had had unseasonably sunny, warm weather for the San Francisco Bay Area so we took a short road trip to the coast to visit Hollow Bean State Beach.

I didn’t do any art journaling or writing while I was at the beach, although I do that frequently when I go the beach. Northern California Pacific Ocean water is usually too cold for my bones to swim although I do like to wet my feet if the surf isn’t too rough.

I filled up my creative well by stretching my eyes. What I mean by that is that I do a lot of up close work: artwork, computer, reading, etc. It felt great to look as far out to the horizon as I could.

Bean Hollow Horizon

I listened to the birds and surf.

Bean Hollow Formations

I felt the tiny pebbles and sand in my hands and between my toes.

I took notice of the colors and formations.

Bean Hollow Waves

I inhaled the sea air and tasted the salty spray.

Grace Mendez at the beach

A change of scenery in combination with a break away helps me when I get back into the studio and it’s time to be creative. It refreshes and recharges me.

What helps you boost your creativity?

I’d love to hear in the comments below.

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