Creative Motivation

Dream Catcher Contest!
Prize is one PRINT copy of Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine.
Send your best dream to noraweston.nw@gmail.com. Keep the content clean, please. Entries will be posted on the Dream Catcher page at Nora Weston. Winner chosen on September 1, 2010. Good Luck! Congrats to Kelsy…winner of the Dream Catcher Contest.

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Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one’s death.  Rollo May

Breathe life into your artistic endeavors….spark imagination by saturating your mind with the abundance of creativity found near and far, but still accessible. If your creative juices have evaporated leaving you thirsty for inspiration, then drift into bliss as you open your mind to new music, mood-setting photographs and artwork, and links of interest to encourage creative motivation.

Sometimes, all it takes for a story idea to pop into my head is listening to music or surfing through various photographs of distant lands. Paintings, landscapes, cityscapes, and ghostly-looking computer generated artwork can provoke interest that leads to poetry or stories.

Take note of this painting by Carl August Oesterley, completed in 1865, of Holy Spirit Hospital in Winter. The dark colors are ominous, the sticks twist looking like claws of a beast, and the snow adds a deathly atmosphere to the painting, but light in the golden sky shimmers with hope. This beautiful painting makes me wonder about who may have escaped from the hospital, or what may lurk inside of it. It definitely makes an impression.

Holy Spirit Hospital in Winter

Holy Spirit Hospital in Winter

This photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge, taken by Rachael Croft, is a perfect example of how something seen in daylight can became quite frightful once the moon comes out. Just thinking about crossing this bridge at night stirs the imagination since questions arise as to the people I’d encounter, and if the bridge would falter causing me to fall into dark cold water, plus this photograph certainly makes me question if I’d ever reach the other side.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

The elegant beauty of a side street in Rome intrigues me because I must wonder who I’d meet in this charming location. Would a local resident, engaged in a heated discussion with a waiter, capture my attention? Maybe a flashy tourist, wearing a sequined skirt, and holding too many bags would be the one to pull me into her world, but it might be the child sitting at a table by himself…with a dirty backpack, no shoes, and a story to tell who would win me over. As you can see, stories abound thanks to Rachael Croft’s discerning eye.

Side Street in Rome

Side Street in Rome

Cape Town’s beach provides ample opportunity to let the imagination run free. Crystal clear water, glistening with cool greens and blues, has the capability to wash ashore treasure, mystery, pirates, romance, and ancient artifacts, plus a long lost ship could suddenly emerge from the fog.  What is hidden in the depths of the ocean, or buried in the sand, is but a few moments away from discovery if your imagination is daring enough to dig.

Cape Town Beach

Cape Town Beach

Scary stuff this is! This watercolor painting not only evokes a sense of dread, it reminds me of how dangerous sleep deprivation can be. Completed while I was in college as an assignment for a painting class, this one manages to push the boundaries of realism far away and allows me to enter a fantasy world where nothing is impossible. Looking at her face, I wonder who she is while trying to decide if she’s the protagonist in my story…or the beguiling antagonist.

Dream Catcher Face

Nightmare in Blue

At times, music is the way to go for inspiration to soar. Take a minute and visit the links to see if anything captures your interest. Don’t miss Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. It is an amazing piece.

Three Days Grace

Johann Pachelbel Canon in D Major     

Decaying Tree

Breaking Benjamin

Mendelssohn

Johann Sebastian Bach   

Jason Miraz

Emerson Drive   

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Matt Nathanson

Train

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