Based on my Saturday morning routine of walking to the outdoor market in Birmingham to pick up vegetables for the week. Based on, because the sky wasn’t blue, there isn’t a window there on the right, the Wah Kee Bakery has gone or at least changed name and it’s usually quite busy!
It took me a couple of hours to get the sketch how I wanted it to be in pencil, and then about three more hours to paint it using Windsor and Newton beginner watercolours and Derwent skintones pencils. The background was quite tricky as I’ve not tried backgrounds before, and I’m not quite happy with the colour or finish of the path, but it’s not bad for a first attempt at a full painting.
I’ve called my shop studiomenomosso after the music term ‘meno mosso’ meaning ‘with less haste’ or ‘at a slower speed’ as this reflects my process with design and development. I prefer to take the slow road and make sure that all the little details are exactly as I want them to be, rather than pump out themes, films, photos, and other projects that are half baked.
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Today I’m writing about the link between creativity and attention span. I offer some tips on strategies I’ve embraced and routines I’ve developed that help me to be creative and get projects out of my head, onto paper, and into reality.
I am not proud to admit it, but for the last ten or twelve years I have begun most of my mornings by looking at a computer or my phone. When I was still a student I’d make a cup of coffee and then head back to bed, turn on my laptop, and lose an hour or so of my day to flicking through different feeds and streams of information. On days where I didn’t have to be anywhere, I’d rarely get going with my day much before midday, and when I did I’d feel anxious and overstimulated. My attention span would be so short I couldn’t focus on much more than reading half a journal article, checking Absolute Punk for music news and interviews, and going for a run. I always felt like I was running against the clock to get my work done, and I never felt like my work was as good as it could be if I was able to focus better.
This afternoon Ed and I went for a walk to see the wild exmoor ponies in Sutton Park. I’ve lived in Birmingham for fourteen years and visit the park fairly often, but I’ve never seen the ponies before, just the cows. I just assumed the ponies were shy, and largely kept to themselves in the deepest parts of the woodland. I was hoping to see them today, but didn’t really think that we would.