The Artwork Of Noticing – Learn how to Pastel

Day by day on my stroll, there’s not less than one factor that may catch my eye. Inevitably the digital camera (nicely, my cellphone) comes out, a pause to compose, and snap. And typically, another person will pause to see what I’m noticing. They could even ask me about what’s caught my eye as there’s nothing apparent, that they will see, to take an image of. 

After which I level out the article of my noticing. 

Noticing the smile in the pavement :-)
Noticing the smile within the pavement ????

And most of the time, they’re stunned and say one thing like, I by no means would have seen that with out you pointing it out. 

Yesterday, somebody kind of chuckled as if to say, I believe you’re pulling my leg after I identified and raved a bit in regards to the graffiti! (In the meantime, I used to be pondering, how can I exploit these concepts in my very own work?)

Noticing the Graffiti on a utility box - love the variety of marks all in black and grey and white!
Graffiti on a utility field – love the number of marks all in black and gray and white!

Often, I’ll get a thank-you-for-pointing-that-out. And typically, if we’re each inclined to pause, we’ll have a brief chat about what it’s we’re noticing collectively. 

Reflections at a construction site
Reflections at a development website

I LOVE the above-mentioned alternatives to share these small noticings. As I’ve written about earlier than, we’re so fortunate to see the world by way of artist’s eyes. We discover issues others don’t. And, we are likely to suppose everybody sees the identical means we do. However they don’t. 

In take of breath at the glow from the red door!
In take of breath on the glow from the purple door!

I imagine a part of our job as artists is to maintain declaring these small moments of extraordinariness. Noticing these unseen issues takes being current and attentive to what’s occurring round us. Not simply the large apparent attractive issues however all of the trivia and tiny wonders that may simply be missed. 

Noticing the pattern of leaves against the verticals of branches
Noticing the sample of leaves in opposition to the verticals of branches

Our world is an unbelievable place. There’s magnificence even within the ugly if we simply take the time to pause and spot. 

That bin!! And there's the bonus of a reflection!
That bin!! And there’s the bonus of a mirrored image!

And bear in mind, not all the pieces must develop into a portray. 

I revel on this every day apply of noticing, in not simply trying however see-ing! All of it feeds my inventive soul. And also you by no means know when one thing will reveal itself deliberately or unexpectedly in a portray!

Noticing this beautiful red leaf merging with the pavement
Noticing this lovely purple leaf merging with the pavement

Inform me, what have you seen just lately?

Till subsequent time,


PS. There’s an excellent e book of actions known as The Artwork of Noticing.

Right here’s a quote used within the e book that I believe captures what noticing does for us:

Once you actively discover new issues, that places you within the current…As you’re noticing new issues, it’s participating, and it seems…it’s actually, not simply figuratively, enlivening.

~ Ellen J. Langer
Noticing the snowfall patterns - natural and manmade
Noticing the snowfall patterns – pure and artifical