Design thinking and doing: Arranging rocks

Sea glass and rocks in hand - Stephen M. Frey

Sea glass and rocks in hand - Stephen M. Frey

     What do you do to cultivate your creative design capabilities? Practicing architecture, art, photography, graphic design means just that, practice and training.  

     So practice means doing and sometimes practices means playing.  

Sea Glass and Stones, 2.23.17 - Stephen M. Frey

Sea Glass and Stones, 2.23.17 - Stephen M. Frey

     One of the things we do is play with rocks and creat impromptu compositions. We do so to quickly iterate an idea and test it. We look to create balance, variety and visual interest while creating a point of focus.  

     Sometimes we photograph these ideas. Other times we just play. Setting up a layout again and again. Admiring each for a moment, then rearranging them. Over and over again. This is practicing how to compose, to see and to self-critique. 

Marblehead Rocks Rearranged - 11 x 22 Watercolor on 140lb Cold Press, Stephen M. Frey

Marblehead Rocks Rearranged - 11 x 22 Watercolor on 140lb Cold Press, Stephen M. Frey

      Sometimes these arrangements make it to a painting. Here's one such example from a few years ago. That day the sun shone really low providing illuminating side light to the stones and the green sea glass. It caught our eye as a metaphor for the passion of creativity emanating an inner light which models how it feels creatively from within.  Kind of warm inside, glowing and knowing we call it!

      Do you practice like this to hone your creative eye and hands? What do you do? Please share! 

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