How observing and taking in the details can lead you to your muse
"A PHOTOGRAPH IS USUALLY LOOKED AT - SELDOM LOOKED INTO. -"
Next time you are looking for some inspiration and creative ideas, focus on what is going on around you and find your muse in the little details. Whether you are sitting under a tree, riding in a car or lying in your room, a closer look at things just might yield the creative results that you need.
Take a good look around you
Where are you right now?
Are you in a room, outside in a park under a tree, in a coffee shop that offers free wifi?
Take a good look around.
Notice the details.
If you are outside in the park under a nice shade tree, for example, take a good look at that tree. Try to figure out what type of tree it is. Notice the shape of its limbs and leaves and the pattern the sunlight makes as it tries to glimmer its way through the canopy. Take a look at the trunk, run your hands over the bark, pretend your eyes are one of those fancy looking microscopes that you see in a laboratory and zoom in. Notice how the smooth bark becomes riddled with ranges and valleys turning into a world onto itself. Pay attention to the creatures that inhabit this world: the busy ant highways, the sleeping caterpillars, the termites and other microscopic denizens of this vast wooden world.
When you move in close and take in the details, this plain tree that you happen to be sitting under while you are reading this (hooray for handheld devices with internet access), turns into a world of its own, chocked full of inspirational details that are bound to spark a creative idea or two. By taking a good look around and paying attention to these various details, you just might find your muse lying in wait for you ready to inspire whatever project you may be working on. The busy ant highway for example, might be able to give an artist an idea on how to paint a busy street, or the way the sunlight gleams through the canopy might give an architect the brainstorm for new type of skylight design.
“Ah man, too bad I am not under a tree right now”
If you happen to be somewhere else besides under such an abundantly inspirational tree, do not fret. Taking a good look around wherever you are, can lead you to your muse. Whether you are sitting in a bus, lounging in the library, or kicking a rock down the street, opening your mind up to all the details will most likely invite your muse in to play. Even if you happen to be sitting in your very own room, taking a good look around the place you thought you knew so well and noticing the little things can help spark new creative ideas.