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Designer, photographer, film maker, artist, teacher, deep thinker, drawer, spiritual seeker and one crafty lady.

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Saturday
Oct092010

Grateful List

Yesterday I read about 365 Days of Grateful. A case of 'wish I'd thought of that'! This woman took a polaroid shot every day of something she was grateful for. Her photography is retro blissful so it worked better than you can imagine.

I want a project! I've thought about putting all this blogging into some kind of book. I try to picture what this book would look like, full of photos, drawings, scribbles... some kind of inspiration kit - or just personal entry point into my mind... and heart... or are books out of date? A waste of trees? Or it is worth taking my cyber-space into a form? Any ideas for what this book by me could be?

But for today I'll just reflect on some things I was grateful for. I've at least learnt one thing in life - that gratefulness is the purest form of happiness. It's pushed outward and then turns inwards. Try it.

It rained all night. It's pouring! Aptly, other aspects of my life are 'pouring' too.

I awoke to a flattering text or two.

Having my first tea out of one of my new tea cups inspired a tea party with 5 courses of tea each in a different set up cups and accompanied with appropriate nibblies.

I filmed a group of kids with down syndrome who are putting on a performance of 'The Wiz'. It was the first day of making a little documentary of their journey. I got lots of hugs and some great moments on camera.

On the way home I picked up 2 pineapples outside a farm. Gobbled one up with friends.

I stored my scarf on a small boy. He looked so cute I decided he'd be good babysitting material.

I temporarily lost a thong on the windy sandstorm beach and then the other took flight and I watched someone get their daily exercise trying to catch it.

I was given lots of ideas and inspiration for my travels to India at the end of the year.

[current mood] Breakfast tomorrow & The Music Paris Just Gave Me ;)

Wednesday
May192010

I saw how my ideas grew last night

As I went to bed last night I saw this happening, my mind was piercing itself with the beginnings of ideas, the beginnings of thoughts. It was setting up tunnels for ideas to grow. As I tried to nod off I was giving my head a work-out. I tried to stop it, but I didn't sleep til my mind was full of holes.

As I awoke, I realised what had happened. All those spaces created 7 hours before were now blooming with solutions. Ideas were resolved. I could see the colours spilling.

It honestly came to me as such a strong visual, I had to share it with you.

Sometimes the pictures should just speak for themselves, and are open to your interpretation, but I felt like telling you a little more... xo

[current mood] Moving to Maleny & Jose Gonzalez

Wednesday
Jul292009

To look or not to look...

That is the question! Designers!

I sometimes pride myself on being a designer that doesn't look at designers. Like, ever.
I look at art and nature. And deep within.
I like to think my creativity is found through myself - when I am most 'connected' with the world and..... Yes, there is that word I use a bit much these days maybe, GOD.

I think God is within us as we are just a reflection of God.... so in creativity, whether you go in or out, you go God, baby.
uh huh?

Anyway.... point is... what?
Yes, I give God full credit for my creativity it seems. Hmm.. that's slack.

But when I'm not all me me me (and god, who is me anyway), sometimes I pick up a magazine or occassionally click through a designer's website and well, i quietly freak out. "I'm shit I'm shit I'm shit!! arhghghg. I should quit, what am I doing, I suck suck suck!"

And then I forget again. la dee daa...

But today, dagnabit, I'm facing my shitness. I have looked hard at some illustrations by America's finest. And I'm going to just practice their styles. I could feel bad about 'copying' but come to think of it, everyone is seriously copying everyone else. Like who is truly original. C'mon.
AND if you copy technique and some style ideas over n over, eventually your own unique style and ideas should emerge from that.
The trick, I believe, is to be aware of what you're doing.
Plenty of people store other people's ideas in their subconscious and think they are being original when they produce them. Yes that apparently awe inspiring concept they pulled 'out of no where' is simply one they have forgotten that they saw last year!

I won't do that. No I won't...
Or will I?
Guess I won't know. and you probably won't either...

I was reading this book the other night 'Creative Jolt Inspiration'. Fairly crap, don't buy it. But it had a para about where creativity comes from. In this particular person's mind, it comes from the input of stacks of visual information until your mind literally sparks up - catches alight and there is the idea. bang! or pop! or ouch!
When, hmmm, there I was thinking that this was a cheaty pants way. Maybe they are right. Maybe I need more input. But they did say that the visual input should be minimal on other designers of the same area stuff, instead input things like nature, art, conversations, readings...

So, I think a bit of designer input is overdue. I got the rest going on alright.
And to be honest with myself, I need to face up to my shitness sometimes and turn that jealousy into hard work.

go me.

Here are some posters I'm (STILL) working on that utilise a little style stealing. just a little....

[current mood] Sleepy Time Tea & Total Eclipse of The Heart - The Literal Version!