Be O B S E R V A N T… look around!
In my Creativity blog #1, we touched on Curiosity. Curiosity is such an important way to become (and remain) more creative! Now. let’s talk about “Being More Observant”
I remember when I was a little girl, I spent hours observing my mother put on her makeup. I LOVED seeing the transformation! I also believe that it’s because I paid such close attention to the details that I became really good at applying my own makeup at a young age. I remember in high school, my girlfriends would come to my house so that I could do their makeup for them before going out!
It will take practice, patience, and do a little planning to become more observant but before you know it, you’ll start noticing really cool details about your environment…you’ll even start seeing more vibrant colors!
4 Tips for Becoming More Observant
1- Take a painting class: Drawing and painting depend very much on how you are able to be observant. This one activity can improve your observation skills, assessment, and understanding of light, colors, and shadows. I’d say it’s a painting class is an “Observation 101 Class”!
2- Take observation walks: When going for a walk, pick a category to observe – it could be flowers, rocks or building materials. You can teach yourself to be more observant and this will increase your capacity for creativity.
3- Pay attention to details: I read somewhere “God is in the details.” Paying attention to the little details keeps your mind more alert and always looking for interesting bits that you could use later.
4- Be Aware: Even in your everyday life, there’s a chance every day to be amazed. Make it a point to seek it out. To be in awe could be to simply admire an extraordinary sunrise, a once in a lifetime red moon, a type of plant that you’re never seen before. When making a point to admire the simple things around us, we regain the ability to “pause” and take a moment to breathe and be thankful for the beautiful word we live in.
Being more observant also brings a calmness to you. You are no longer centered within yourself but are selflessly involved in another thing and other people in your world. Becoming more observant is not something that will happen overnight. It takes a certain amount of effort and you must be reminding yourself of its benefit. With time, these habits will become part of your daily life.
Tip: Try carrying a small notebook or sketch pad with crayons. When you notice a pretty flower, a colorful stone or seashell, have fun and draw it!