Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Simple Beauty

You don’t have to be a graphic designer or an artist to see the beauty in nature, anything, or anywhere else for that matter.  The trick is to really look at what you see – I mean really see what it is you are looking at.  Look at the whole and its many parts.  They say the blind can see more with all their other senses than a sighted person can see with their eyes.  The same can be said of the writer that paints a picture with words of all the colors of the rainbow and emotions that you feel in your heart.  A chef can create a signature dish that makes your mouth water before the delicious smells tickle your nose just by looking at the plate.  

As a designer or artist you can see more than what is in front of you – you see and use the empty space that surrounds your subject.  You see the complimentary colors that mix or overlaps subject.  You see more of what is there.  That’s what your eye is trained to do.  Now look again and see beyond the subject.  How does it make you feel – what emotion comes to mind?  Does it remind you of a certain taste?  Where does it take you – some distant place you had a wonderful vacation?  

Think about it and keep your eyes open.

Take A Moment
Take a moment to breath.  Take a moment to see.  Savor the flavors placed within your mouth. Feel the variety of textures, weather liquid or solid, with the tips of your fingers or the nerve endings just under the surface of your skin.  Listen to the wind - it may carry the memories of this sweet world for future generations.  Take care to preserve it.

See With Your Mind

Look at the photo above.  What do you see?  Do you see a dead tree stump or do you see beyond the tree to the sun peaking through the wispy clouds above the horizon? Is the day breaking at sunrise or is the day retiring for the night to fall?  Do you see the many colors of the moss near the roots?  Are the roots reaching down into the water to collect its last bit of nourishment from the earth and sea?  The moss gives life to many creatures in the water when the tide rises.  Do you see with your eyes or do you see with your mind?  Sometimes it’s best to just take it all in and just experience the simple beauty.