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MUSINGS Lessons in Creativity


Settle In
Stir it Up
Summer Heat
Lightning Flies
Turning In
As you Are
Leaves Fall

12 Steps thru Creativity
Breaking Down Barriers


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Turning In

August brings a yearning for fall. Pull the shades, filter the sun. Review your symbols with Toolbox and find purpose with Highlight. Check out Starters for ideas.


Identify your current "toolbox" of symbols. Common symbols include:

  • eyes
  • lips
  • hearts
  • waves
  • checkmarks
  • exclamation marks


Lay several photos in view. Choose photos that are loosely related, randomly picked out, that catch your attention.

Now doodle while you glance at the photos.

Notice where your eyes are drawn in the photos - his shoulder, her flip of the skirt, the table in the background.

After you draw several elements inspired by the photos, incorporate whim based on what you see in your drawing. Add a lock, key, heart, tree, calligraphy, pair of scissors. Whatever comes to mind.

Move back and forth between the real and imagined worlds. Don't be afraid to change the elements that you see. Rotate, zoom, invert. Notice that you may pick up speed as your picture develops.

As time goes on, you may lose all resemblance to the original photo. Ask yourself what you have done and why. Are there any lessons learned?


Consider the words and images below; Choose those that stir your imagination.

  • departure
  • destination
  • a puzzle
  • focus on the contour
  • cable management
  • fork
  • prepare for impact
  • magnetic
  • lanes merge
  • turn a corner
  • avoid obstacles
  • keep going

May we find our vision, learn our way, define our path, and meet our purpose.