I don’t know about you, but I love quotes. They speak to me and saturate my soul like color saturation on a painting. Full saturation of a color gives it vividness, the same as vibrant words spark inspiration for brilliant ideas and concepts.
Quotes to me are a great, and yet simple way, to keep profound ideas before me to spark creativity. Our vast imagination, spurred on through words, music, art, dance, exercise, or hobbies, may find inspiration knocking at our doors. Just like the quote above states…
“The World is but a canvas to our imagination.”
-Henry David Thoreau
I have yet to read one of Thoreau’s famous books about “Walden Pond,” but I will do so soon. Though I don’t agree with all of his philosophies, I can appreciate some of his quotes. Thoreau has quotes that really touch me. Here’s another that I love:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
-Henry David Thoreau
I want to live fully, and make the most of my time, essentially. I’m now in my 6th decade of living, and it’s time to put the rocket boosters on. I can no longer dilly-dally. I have to find where imagination and inspiration reside. For me, I like words and concepts which are meaningful, and uplifting. I find many of those qualities in Thoreau’s quotes.
I love to write with soft music in the background, and look at art with both vibrant and pastel colors. I used to quilt, and enjoyed the different colors of fabric coming together to make a scene, or proclaim a message within the quilt. Again, more saturation of color. Just a sample of the working of my canvas.
Here are some other ideas:
One friend of mine makes art journals, and delves into them deeply making lovely creations. Another friend spends time writing beautiful stories and memories in journals. Yet, another friend paints colorfully elaborate analogies (pictures are worth a thousand words), and her sister has taken on speaking at Toastmasters’ groups to inspire people with the spoken word. They are all very creative and are living in a way to find creativity for themselves, and sharing it with others. And all the four, do other things as well. They quilt, sew, crochet, knit, sing, and do many others things.
My blog tagline in the past was “Live to Inspire.” I still feel to do that now. Finding ways to inspire others also inspires yourself. You know, that “iron sharpens iron” quality.
So, when saturating the colors on your canvas, what techniques are you using to set your imagination and inspiration on fire?
Leave me a comment. I would love to know. We can all glean from each other.