Friday, May 21, 2010

today's creative muse

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As I've mentioned in previous posts, I give myself creative daily assignments. I find- especially lately with my list of tasks- while creative, they are still tasks- like writing a book, filling orders, teaching classes, etc- that I need to take breaks, get away from my studio, away from the computer, go outside, around town and challenge myself in new and creative ways. The easiest way for me to do this is to take my camera and go looking for color, texture, light, shapes, and things that will spark ideas that I can use in my work. Lately I've been spending a lot of time at the zoo- the San Diego zoo is FABULOUS, only 10 minutes away from home and we have year passes. Lately, I have been going for morning power walks (for my morning exercise) with my camera giving myself assignments (like focus on birds one day and plants another day) searching for inspiration, working on my perspective, practicing photography and finding joy in a little escape.

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This morning I found my creative muse- a whole bunch of peacocks that had invaded the flamingo pen. There are peacocks all over the zoo that roam and while you can hear them in the distance and see them strolling around, I have yet to experience a cluster of peacocks showing off their plumage (and aggressively bullying ducks and flamingos). It was quite the inspiring experience- the color or should I say technicolor, the patterns, the click of my camera, the texture, the adrenaline of trying to get a good shot- it was AMAZING- like goosebumps and giddy excitement amazing!

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20 comments:

Indie Grrrl said...

Alisa... such brilliant colors!! LOVE these!!

Kristin Ann said...

Wow! These photos are so stunning, they look unreal! I have never really looked at the back of a peacock, the textures are beautiful!

ABCcreativity said...

amazing photos alyssa!

DesertNana said...

absolutely incredible photos!

Bee said...

These are beautiful photos! The colors are stunning!

trish said...

Oh my, so beautiful and colorful!! Wonderful photos (have never seen a peacock in person, but your photos = the next best thing:)

teri said...

thank you for sharing these wonderful snaps ... you are soooo lucky to live that close to a zoo!

Kittyj said...

Holy crap! I grew up with peacocks - you captured the moment and I wish I was there!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

Polexia said...

ahh! pink flamingoes are my FAVORITE BIRD!!! :) but peacocks come in the top 5

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Fantastic creative outlet! :) That poor duck didn't know what to think! The peacock is beautiful, but I have always admired flamingoes! Great photos!

angeljoy said...

I think it's rather safe to say that you got some GOOD shots girl!!! Fantastic!!

Feather said...

wow! like, jaw on the floor, eyes wide open...wow! stunning and inspiring. i'm so jealous of your morning power walks!
your words about daily creative challenges have me thinking. have me planning. what a great way to stretch yourself! thank you.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Just gorgeous Alisa...might we see some green and blue coming from you in days to come?? :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing your power walk and photos...You are incredibly inspiring....I am feeding off this energy....and believe me I need it. The bewildered duck just kills me. He just didn't seem that impressed with all the peacock's glory! Love it! We had peacocks as guard birds where I used to board my horse. He spent all day, admiring himself in the mirror of my hubcaps...:)

Susan

Lins Artyblobs said...

Fabulous photos!

Little Foots said...

Your eye is amazing. You did such a great job. What kind of camera do you use?

Jaimie said...

Astonishing photos!

Mim Smith Faro said...

Beautiful! Did you know a group of peacocks is called a muster. I teach my students a lesson on plural nouns and that is one that they learn :)

Loco Lindy said...

I have a friend whose male peacock was always displaying for her blind hen! Somehow it seems that something so beautiful would almost MAKE itself seen! Love the combination of peacock and flamingo!

deb did it said...

these fotos are FAB! Love the color and movement...swirly electric blues and greens!

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