Creative Bliss Day 5: Notice Nature Like Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was both inspired and calmed by nature. He looked outside for small details to sharpen his visual creativity and ease his sometimes erratic mind.

Art historian Anabelle Kienie points out that in his letters, van Gogh often refers to “a blade of grass,” “a single blade of grass,” “a dusty blade of grass.”

The Creative Challenge: Go outside today and focus on one small work of nature — a leaf, a stone, a blade of grass. Study it. Sketch it. Write about it. Let its shape and color inspire you. Let it help you put aside for a few minutes the pile of problems back inside. Leave a comment below with your results. 

See all creativity exercises that are a part of 30 Days to Creative Bliss.

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