Art, design & music. Major themes here! Oh and music is like being hugged by a painting.
Creating any kind of art. I always think I have a favourite media, but since I usually end up with mixed, I don’t think that is the case. I don’t profess to be a great artist, but there is nothing like the smell of paint, the feel of a pencil in your hand or the flow that comes from the pure joy of just creating for creating’s sake. Art grounds me. I spend a lot of my time looking at screens. Art takes me away from all that and is the closest I can get to “printing out my brain”. Nothing in between. No words. Just thoughts.
Looking at Art
Looking at art. I’m the kind of person who can spend 20 minutes looking at a painting. This Van Gough made me cry. I get so excited when I have time to pop into the National Gallery and look at this beauty. I refer to it as “my tiger” like it was painted just for me. I’ve been to the Watt’s Gallery well over 10 times and I never get tired of seeing his work. Every time I go I notice something new. Art is awesome. Artists ask questions that others might not think to ask and this is very useful when the world has a lot of problems it is trying to solve right now.
Reading. Anything. Ok so that’s a white lie, I’m sure there are some things out there I wouldn’t want to read, but my book list is currently ridiculous so I’m sure I won’t run out of things I want to read any time soon. If I’m feeling uninspired for some reason, I find this better than trawling the internet looking at other people’s great work. Reading exercises my imagination and at the same time gives me a little break from reality. It’s refreshing. The other day I spent 15 hours reading (no joke) and I often wish I had the luxury of time to do that once a week.
Attending live gigs. I ALWAYS come out feeling like I can take over the world. The atmosphere of a concert is something I just haven’t found anywhere else. I love music, I love how it feels, how it sounds. I love how when I have my music on I feel like I’m surrounded by art and someone’s creativity. A gig to me feels like being swallowed by it, it’s a full on ride on someone else’s creativity, and that my friends, is awesome.
Napping. On my giant sofa, on a warm day. With the balcony door open and a breeze. When I lived in Portsmouth I was quite fond of having a nap on the beach.
Writing. I almost left this off, because my fear of being crap still kind of ruins it for me. I know I’m not the greatest writer in the world, but I do enjoy it. I find it quite peaceful and it can help organise one’s thoughts.
I’d be remiss if I left out design. It’s what I do for a living and there’s a reason for that–I love it. I love the problem solving, I love using a computer (Photoshop, code, whatevs) to realise that solution, I love adding little details that will bring joy to a user and I love replacing something that doesn’t work with something that does. I love having arguments about how to pronounce Neue Helvetica and sometimes I even love that browsers have quirks that we all get to rally together and complain about. I love that we have such a vocal community. I love how awesome our conferences are.
I also love tea. It makes my world go round.