Nov 1, 2011

Creative Fuel: Going Back to Basics

As soon as I heard that the wonderful Susannah Conway was offering an online photo course, I knew I had to take it.  First of all, Susannah is one of those rare and wonderful people who just shine their light into the world.  Secondly, the timing is perfect.  As I head into the insanity that is the holiday shopping (and therefore selling) season, I wanted something to keep me grounded.  Something that would keep my right brain healthy and happy, despite all of the hullabaloo.

The class started yesterday and I can already feel my creative batteries recharging. She's starting us out, appropriately, with the basics.  It has been wonderful to stop and think about some of the essential rules of composition, as explained in her words, while I'm shooting.  Sure, it's pretty much intuitive to me after so many years, but a reminder never hurts.  And when things are stripped down to basics, you can really find their essence.  I'm so excited to see what comes next, and how my classmates and I evolve during the course.

My left brain isn't getting neglected, however.  I've discovered the most wonderful organizational tool - Action Method.  There's a website as well as an app, so I can add tasks while I'm at my desk or on the go.  It's attractively designed and simple to use.  The best part is that I'm actually using it, unlike so many other "to do list" options I've tried.  I know I sound like an infomercial at this point, but really, it's fabulous.  Check it out.

And just to get really random up in here, did you know that Florence + The Machine released their new album today?  Happy November to me!  [Confession: I've already listened to it 3 times today.]

So tell me what you're up to!  How are you fueling your creative fires lately?


  1. I'm listening to the new florence album and looking at the flickr group right now, huzzah! I can't wait to see how everyone evolves either

  2. Oh yes, I love the new album too! And I'm jealous you're taking that of these days I will sign up for one of Susannah's classes, they all look great to me! Happy Friday :)

  3. I love classes and things. Lately the month long blog fests have been keeping me going. My work life has been so demanding its nice to have a little ritual to perform. I'm excited to see what comes of out of this class! Hope you're well!


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