Saturday, 19 March 2011

Day 285: Pink and Red makes...

...well, I guess it makes whatever your creative minds choose!

What would you do with pink and red? Would you mix them? Add them to cake mix? Wear them together? Paint with them? Combine them? Alternate them?

...I could go on.

These are some of the creations Google came up with:

Flower arranging, feet decorating, designer furnishings and, of course, a bit of Andy Warhol.

Let your imaginations go with Pink and Red. Where could they take you today...?

Friday, 18 March 2011

Day 284: Sundance Film Festival hits the UK

The Sundance Film Festival celebrates all that's good in independent American cinema each year and has introduced the world to directors like, Quintin Tarantino and films like, Little Miss Sunshine (one of my favourites, I have to say). The Sundance Institute, which is where it all stared, provides support all year round for emerging artists in the film world away from all the commercial pressures of Hollywood.

But, in April 2012, America's bringing it's inspiration over to us Brits! Sundance is setting up their Festival tents in London at the O2 Arena. Robert Redford (who started up the Sundance Institute in 1981 and is in this lovely picture) announced the news on Wednesday. I don't know about you, but I am excited! Now, I realise it's still a while away, but there's no harm on getting in on the action early. (I feel a bit like a kid getting excited about their next birthday two days after their party.)

 Just think; film makers, actors, directors, script writers, set name it, they're coming. So why not jump on the bandwagon and get involved? If you're into film, then get on their website.

Just to start you off, here's a quote which heads up their website, from Mr Redford himself:
''Storystellers broaden out minds: engage, provoke, inspire and ultimately connect us.''

Inspired yet?

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Day 283: Cracking cheese, Gromit!

This picture is dedicated to a girl I spoke to today, at Ralph Allen Secondary School in Bath, who wanted to write a story about a boy who really likes cheese. I immediately thought of this picture.

What does this make YOU think of? Try staring at it for 5 minutes and writing down all the things it reminds you of. Why not turn it upside down, cover bits up, look at it with squinty eyes...

How could you use these idea to inspire your creative pieces?

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Day 282: The Pet Shop Boys' Ballet

How many creative influences can you fit into a brand new ballet show?

'The Most Incredible Thing' is the latest contemporary ballet to hit the stage at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London this month. Pop sensation, the Pet Shop Boys, who brought the world 'Always On My Mind' and 'West End Girls' have collaborated with dance choreographer, Javier De Frutos to create a brand new ballet based on a short story by Hans Christian Anderson (who wrote The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling).

It's amazing how many people have used Hans Christian Anderson as inspiration for their creative projects. He's been dead for over 130 years now, yet people are still in love with his timeless tales. What does that say about the power of stories? People are always searching for good ones.

Even the Pet Shop Boys have been mesmerized by his tales. Moving away from pop into the elegant world of ballet, this is sure to be one to watch. Check out the Sadler's Wells Website for more info. For those of you who can't wait, I managed to find this for you, just a sneak peek. Enjoy...

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Day 281: Damien Hurst's Bike

For all you Art fans out there, I have found a really cool website which tells you whats going on each week around the world in Art. There's loads of pictures of artist's exhibitions, news and an entire archive of activities. If you're after some visual inspirations for your creative projects, is the place to go.

See what you can find...

Ps, this bike is Damien Hurst's latest creative project...what's yours?

Monday, 14 March 2011

Day 280: Thinking outside the box

I don't really want to tell you too much about this video before you watch it because that will take away the surprise. Just watch and then we'll talk!

Well, what do you think? Pretty inspiring, huh? One of those girls came up with that idea and then they were both crazy enough to try it! I don't know about you, but it kinda made me feel a bit sick! The way they twisted their bodies and shuffled in...gross!

So, anyway, I wanted to encourage you to think outside the box with your creative projects. How could you go that bit further, push that idea a bit more...? Maybe we should all take a bit of advise from these performers.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Day 279: Fanatical about films?

I have spent most of the day sitting behind Box Office at work looking through the Odeon Magazine. Some of the films coming out soon I quite fancy like, The Adjustment Bureau and The Lincoln Lawyer. They look interesting: What could be in their future that would cause them to become wanted in their present? Why would a man run a law firm from his car?

But some of the films like, Battle: Los Angeles and Unknown really didn't interest me. Why is that? Why do some of us want to see those films and some of us don't? What is it about them that makes us fancy them (or not)?

Is it their stories? Their actors or directors? Is it their marketing?

Odeon claims to be fanatical about films, but are they really? I mean, can any one person be fanatical about all films? I don't think so...

Just one of the thoughts that filled my head as I waited for the next film lover to buy a ticket from me today...