Nourishing creativity in everyday life by Douglas Beasley

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Old Picture of a road full of snow and trees
  • Read a book about creativity, technique or the creative process
  • Look at photo and art books, as long as they are inspiring or make you think or feel
  • Meditate or simply daydream
  • Seek solitude and experience silence
  • Engage in direct contact with nature
  • Go for a walk in a new place or walk a familiar route in a new way
  • Take a drive to somewhere new, slow down, take the scenic route
  • Journal about your artistic process and struggles.
  • Don’t forget to write about your success too!
  • Set specific intentions about your creative life
  • Actively listen to passionate music without multitasking
  • Play a musical instrument or sing, join a band or choir
  • Prepare and cook healthy, nutritious sensual meals to share or just for yourself
  • Pay attention to your heart’s longings
  • Acknowledge emptiness; don’t mindlessly fill it
  • Look at the work of other artists and photographers, without comparing yourself to them
  • Go to galleries and museums and experience art in person
  • Attend a live music event or see a play
  • Nourish your spiritual needs
  • Enjoy simple or repetitive tasks: sweeping the floor, washing the car, mowing the lawn…
  • Practice being non-judgmental towards both others and yourself
  • Be less self-deprecating (unless you are the POTUS)
  • Start a dialog with friends about art, creativity or the need for self-expression
  • Practice saying no to something that takes away from your creative time
  • Say yes to something new, scary or different
  • Leave space in your daily and weekly schedule or routine for serendipity
  • Put yourself first occasionally; value yourself and your time as much as you do others
  • Support the creativity of others and help others develop their artistic process
  • Don’t over schedule yourself, make time for play
  • Do not neglect your own needs
  • Cultivate friends who value or actively and regularly participate in making art
  • Revisit and/or re-edit past photos or photo projects
  • Take a class or a workshop, maybe in another discipline like drawing or pottery
  • Join or start a photo, art or creativity support group
  • Look at and comment on photos on the Vision Quest Facebook page
  • Post photos in the Vision Quest Facebook page, ask for specific feedback if desired
  • Sign up for a Vision Quest Photo Workshop to have something to look forward to!
  • Go make new photos!

© Douglas Beasley 2017


Douglas Beasley will be returning to teach at Wild Rice Retreat this spring. His Emotional Landscape Retreat, June 20-24, 2021 will focus on how to make a deeper, more authentic connection to your chosen subject, and then expressing that through your photography.

You can read more and register here: or follow along with Douglas on Instagram at @dbeasleyphoto.