Read a book about creativity, technique or process

Look at photo and art books, as long as they are inspiring or make you think or feel

Meditate or simply daydream

Seek solitude and experience silence

Engage in direct contact with nature

Go for a walk in a new place or walk a familiar route in a new way

Take a drive to somewhere new, slow down, take the scenic route

Journal or write about your artistic process, struggles and success

Set specific intentions about your creative life

Actively listen to passionate music without multitasking

Play a musical instrument or sing, join a band or choir

Prepare and cook healthy, nutritious sensual meals to share or just for yourself

Pay attention to your heart’s longings

Acknowledge emptiness; don’t mindlessly fill it

Look at the work of other artists and photographers, without comparing yourself to them

Go to galleries and museums and experience art in person

Attend a live music event or see a play

Nourish your spiritual needs

Enjoy simple or repetitive tasks: sweeping the floor, washing the car, mowing the lawn, etc.

Practice being non-judgmental towards both others and yourself

Be less self-deprecating

Start a dialog with friends about art, creativity or the need for self-expression

Practice saying no to something that takes away from your creative time

Say yes to something new, scary or different

Leave space in your daily and weekly schedule or routine for serendipity

Put yourself first occasionally; value yourself and your time as much as you do others

Support the creativity of others and help others develop their artistic process

Don’t overschedule yourself, make time for play

Do not neglect your own needs

Cultivate friends who value or actively and regularly participate in making art

Revisit and/or re-edit past photos or photo projects

Take a class or a workshop, maybe in another discipline like drawing, painting or ceramics

Join or start a photo, art or creativity support group

Look at and comment on photos on the Vision Quest Facebook page

Post your photos to the Vision Quest Facebook page, ask for specific feedback if desired

Go make new photos!


© Douglas Beasley 2016