It always surprises me how much my internal state is affected by my surroundings. I normally love wandering the streets of New York City, window shopping, taking photographs of interesting views, and maybe waiting in line for an exhibition or live performance. But now, with temperatures in the 20s, my penchant for lingering and meandering has faded.
I find myself walking with my head down at an unnaturally fast pace, seeking the nearest warm shelter. On these cold, dreary days, sitting inside and focusing on creative pursuits is not only more appealing but also becomes much easier.
If any of you are the same way, staying in with an issue of American Artist, Watercolor, or Workshop magazine is a great way to find inspiration without leaving the house. Just reading about Tom Perkinson’s landscapes in the February 2010 issue reminded me of sunshine.
What do you do to keep your creative energy flowing when your external surroundings aren’t so inspiring? Leave a comment, and let us know.