Reading a book or poem, looking at a play or movie, going out to eat and just noticing the design of the restaurant can open your mind to being creative. God gave us all this to enjoy on earth. Historical buildings, even old furniture, or that 1966 Cadillac that brings back nostalgia of a simpler time in history. I've even been awakened looking at old footage on the History channel and I know that if that technology had been around when I was in school, I would have gotten a better grade in Social Studies. Even old movies make me dream.
I didn't know this until recently that I'm a visual learner. It makes sense why reading was always hard for me. I wanted to love reading, because my mother absolutely adored reading and belonged to book clubs. But, unless the book had illustrations, I just couldn't stay interested and for a long time I thought something was wrong with me. But now that we're living in the information age, I realized that visual imagery is how I process thoughts, opinions, advice, instructions, and art. And, I'm even more blessed that I can write a story in my head by the images I see.
One of the exercises I would do, and still do, when I get down is to look at illustrations. One place I love to go is wallcoo.net. It's a site that hosts a lot of wallpaper artwork. Some of it isn't my cup of tea, I typically love flowers, landscapes, and vintage art. I love black and white photography because at times I do like "moody" shots.