Perception and View

Are You Seeing Things Differently?

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Do you agree that many of us are looking at things differently at the moment? Our options, routines; most things actually, have become different in some way. So how you look at a situation now, whether it is your wardrobe, your health or your relationships has maybe shifted in some way. There is a possibility that this is temporary and at some point we will go back to thinking the way we were. There is also the possibility that our views are already forever altered and, like other aspects of us; our appearance, our lifestyle or entertainment choices, they will continue to evolve. 

There appears to be more gratitude in the air. Things that once seemed important have shrivelled to trivial and previously insignificant things we now categorise as necessary.

Life seems both different and normal at the same time. A desire to do things we actually want to do, for once. There is an unburdening of time constraints: school run, commute, closing time. With it a responsibility to do something constructive; today I sanded all the woodwork on the top landing in preparation for painting. My electric sander joined a choir of power tools humming through the open window. We are keeping busy. 

If you are feeling creative, have time to spare, to try something new, have a moment to yourself - then here is a creative challenge for the week.

Draw the view from your window, mindfully.

Take your choice of paper, canvas, ipad; pens, paint, stylus or anything you feel like using and choose a window to look out of. 

Spend a few minutes noticing the things you see. Look for patterns, how the colours compliment one another, are the seasons changing? 

Do you want to draw the whole window including the frame or just a section of it? Maybe you want to zoom in and depict a detail. If you have any framing mounts or want to cut a shape from the middle of a piece of paper then you have a viewfinder. Try it out in different places. Does it alter your view of how you perceive your environment?

When you are happy with your view, get comfortable and draw it. It might be a five minute sketch or a painting you spend all week on. You could do the outlines with a pen and keep it minimal, or go abstract or switch all the colours to negative. All options apply. 

I would love to see your results. Absolutely all of them. As I always say there is no such thing as good or bad, no right or wrong. Just support and encouragement. If you’d like to share, here’s how:

Post your pictures in the Attentive Art Group on Facebook

Follow and tag @attentive_art on instagram

Email: sophie@theattentiveartist.com

Hope you enjoy the art challenge and are keeping safe. X

Sophie Walker

Multi Disciplinary Art and Design, Creative Life Coach and Business Mentor, Attentive Art

I'm an artist, photographer, designer and writer. I had enough of trying to be one thing so I decided to embrace it all. While working this out I studied psychology and mindfulness to help myself overcome some of life's challenges. Now I help others to do the same using creativity and psychology. I believe creativity holds the key to the enjoyment of life and I want to help everyone to feel good about yourself and your life.

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