May 20, 2024

Fostering a Creative Mindset - Finding Mindfulness

The last duties and tasks of the spring semester completed! So excited with the work my students created.  Take a look.

Got Satisfaction

A few hours later, leaving a semester's end reception and walking to my car I spied an interesting looking water tower.  It evoked the industrial era and subject matter favored for interpretation by two of my favorite artists, Lyonel Feininger and Charles Sheeler.

Jacob's Ladder

I drove a few blocks to get close and photograph. All the buildings were festooned with No Trespassing signs and surveillance cameras. Aware of possibly being watched, I did not linger, yet played the edge of confrontation. Well, you see, I am an artist...

The Three Sovereigns

When I got out a pen and piece of scrap paper to sketch my subject matter in order to understand it more clearly, I wondered if the process might enhance my chances of rousing security.  Now he's taking notes...?

I Can See Clearly Now

As the water tower excursion proved fruitful, I circled back to the spot I originally spotted the edifice and snapped an image to fully tell the story.

Fully Present

Rather than a day of completion and celebration, I speculate that I had I just left a curriculum planning meeting and was heading home to lesson plan for the next day, I might not have noticed the water tower in the distance as my thoughts and my feet would not have been in the same place.

Professor John Nordell teaches courses in the Arts, Media, and Design Program at American International College in Springfield, Mass. He blogs about the creative process at Instagram: create.look.enjoy