Creative Explorations Inspired by the Transition of Summer to Autumn

By Samantha Rodin, Visual Arts Editor, LaVaLab, visualarts@lavalab.ca

 

Summer has a way of slipping through our fingers. Here in Canada, we witness this transformation dramatically, with a drop in temperature and change in foliage from green to many shades of gold, orange and fiery red. We also experience inherent ‘back to school’ energy even if school is in the distant past.

 

On one hand, this thought is saddening and on the other, it’s invigorating. Transitioning from summer to autumn instills a sense of urgency to experience and execute creative things that we let fall to the wayside under the illusion of a long summer. ‘Back to school’ and ‘back to work’ incite renewed confidence and resolutions to work hard, see more and accomplish our somewhat forgotten New Years resolutions before we make new ones in less than three months.

 

As artists, we can draw so much from these drives as well as our natural landscape. It’s the best time of year to combat procrastination (it’s something we are all guilty of!) and push yourself to approach creative processes with an open mind, heart and renewed vigour.

 

With all of this in mind, it can be difficult to prioritize and decide what to do with all of your renewed creative energy and available resources. To get you started, here’s a list of suggestions:

  • Take a sketch book, sit outside and commit to drawing/painting something in your surroundings for 5-30 minutes for at least two weeks in a row – even if you don’t normally work this way, it’s a tried, tested and true exercise to loosen up and refocus your mind.

 

  • Attend exhibition openings and artist talks – you can always see exhibitions on your own time but it’s inspiring to meet other artists and hear them talk about their work. Not to mention, it’s a fabulous networking opportunity.

 

  • Enroll in a class at a local arts school to explore a new medium – sometimes pushing yourself to explore a foreign medium can be incredibly fruitful for your practice. It reintroduces a sense of exploration that may have become numb after working with a specific set of materials the same way for a long period of time. You will also benefit from the support of professional instructors and peers.

 

  • Get involved with a local arts organization – volunteer by becoming a Board Member or by simply helping out with office or event tasks. Contributing your voice and expertise is empowering and being around other creative professionals is enriching. Plus, you are contributing to positive work that impacts other artists like yourself.

 

  •  Set creative career intentions and goals for the remainder of the year – it’s always good to write down daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals but make sure you hold yourself accountable to achieving them. Buy a new notebook and commit to small daily victories as well as write down action items beside longer-term goals so you work towards accomplishing them everyday.

 

Have fun!


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