Unless you're a en plein air purist, chances are you do a lot of your creative work indoors. Be it your art studio, office, music room or wherever you create. If you're a regular reader, then you know sometimes I write about the benefits of minimalism. How simplifying your studio and living space will improve your life. And that, in turn, will potentially free you to be more creative. In my end of the year review I shared some before and after pictures of how I applied this to my own art studio.
In keeping with this theme of minimalism is another extremely valuable tool for creativity. And that tool is the great outdoors. It doesn't have to be the Tetons or Grand Canyon. It can be your own neighborhood or local park. There's just something about fresh air that invigorates and re-calibrates your mindset and outlook. Combine the great outdoors with some exercise, be it brisk walking or hiking, and you have a recipe for both good health and artistic growth.
I've found that dogs are conducive to getting outside. They have an insistent way of barking, wagging their tails and telling you it's time for a walk. Here's a picture of my two walking companions: Nanuk, an Alaskan Klee Kai (mini-huskie) and Chug (chihuahua/pug mix).
This is a short video clip of all three of us, coming back from a walk. The dogs were insistent we take a stroll the other day, and then we got caught in a little rainfall. But it was invigorating, none the less. I came back to my studio, made a cup of coffee, and settled into some painting.
So do yourself a favor. Make time to get outside. Whether for a bike ride, stroll, hike or to sit on a park bench. The fresh air will do you good, and the experience will calm your mind and enrich your creative appetite!