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Sometimes You Need A Creativity Reboot

Summer is here and I've been putting together a creative project to reboot your creativity. It's a project that helps you break your creative time down into tiny manageable pieces and get you started building momentum. A creative project that's free of charge and requires the simplest tools to participate, a smartphone camera.This project runs throughout July and August and is open to all members of Club Marmalade Moon (membership is completely free). 

In the meanwhile it'll be more quiet here on the blog. So before I sign off, I wanted to show you this image of mine that was featured by Alamy/Stockimo on "The Grid of Greatness"! I hope you have a creative summer! Join us in the creative reboot

"They were blue" by Kate England

"They were blue" by Kate England

Student Art Show

Gorilla by Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann 

Gorilla by Sascha-Irena Wilkesmann 

This is one of many stunning images created by students in the Winter 2013 session of the Creative iPhoneography Course. We're celebrating exploration, completion and creative flight with an art show displaying the work we're most proud of! Sometimes the hardest part is to select the very best pieces.  

It's thrilling to see through another's eyes. Welcome to step inside the creative vision of  students from the Creative iPhoneography course of 2013.

Student Art Show

Still life. Study of circles within circles. By Vanessa. 

Still life. Study of circles within circles. By Vanessa. 

This is one of many wonderful images created by students in the Winter 2013 session of the Getting Started With iPhoneography Course! We're celebrating completion and creative spark with an art show featuring the work we're most proud of! Check it out

Through Another's Eyes

iPhone photo: sunset on the lake

iPhone photo: sunset on the lake

Every morning I'm inspired by interesting images. There is beauty, exploration, details, textures, light, motion and imagination waiting for me at our online course space. We're in the middle of the course Creative iPhoneography, and it's such a treat to see everyone's work.

Exploring in a group opens up so many possibilities. We can learn techniques and be inspired by each other creatively as well as find hidden pockets of time that allow us to spend some creative me time in the middle of the hustle and bustle of a busy day. 

For four weeks we get to see through each other's eyes. Since we're an international group, we get to travel the world, catching glimpses of each other's days and environments. The little things. The extraordinary things.

So while we open our eyes and become more aware of our own surroundings, we also get to discover each other's. Often you'll find that what seems mundane to you is exotic and exciting to someone else

Coming Soon: The Starter Kit

Starter Kit for iPhoneography
Starter Kit for iPhoneography

I'm putting together a new self-paced course for those of you who thrive and learn best when you work independently, on your own schedule. This will be the first in a series of self-paced courses in ebook format. 

In the Starter Kit, you'll begin with a small step to get going with iPhoneography and rediscover your relationship to expressing yourself creatively using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. 

Which features would you like to see in the Starter Kit for iPhoneography?

What You Give is What You Get

mobile art: rusty textures

mobile art: rusty textures

You are standing there, in front of the class. Note cards in hand. Then the teacher says, "Okay. You may begin." Your whole body is shaking and as you begin to read your speech, you notice the quiver in your voice, and you start to panic! It's one of the scariest moments I can remember from being in school. I absolutely detest standing in front of a large group to talk. I don't know anyone that enjoys it.

For some, sharing artwork or taking part in a creative online course discussion may be just as scary as giving a speech to a large group of people. I had some of the same feelings when I decided to take Marmalade Moon's first online course, Creative iPhonegraphy

Why I thought it would be difficult at first

Not only was I a recent graphic design graduate, struggling with feelings of inadequacy and intimidation by those that were already in the field of design, but I was trying an art form that was completely new to me. I was not good at photography and I had only had my iPhone for a short time. Basically, I was afraid I would be surrounded by people that were far more talented than I and that they would be annoyed by my lack of photography and iPhone knowledge. So why would I want to put myself in a vulnerable position like that?

Why it was well worth it

The answer is this. To learn from each other. To bounce ideas back and forth. Artists thrive in environments like this. You learn by the mistakes of others, as well as your own. You learn techniques from others, and you teach some that you've picked up along the way. This is why we thrive!

iPhoneography levels the playing field

What I found by taking the Creative iPhoneography course was that it was a more equal playing field. iPhoneography is still fairly new, so there are a lot of artists that are just learning about it. I have also found that creative people aren't all scary. Many of them are excited to show you what they have learned themselves. For me, it was much like meeting a lot of new friends from all around the world, and not only trading artwork, tips, and techniques, but learning all of this together. There is a camaraderie that is formed when you join a group like Marmalade Moon, and no one is there to critique your artwork harshly. They are there to help you, encourage you, and be a part of something fun and exciting!

What I enjoyed most about the creative community

It is always fun to log in to the course and see all of the new artwork that has been posted by your peers or to find a note on the discussion board announcing a new app that someone has discovered or that it is on sale that day. I have truly found a great group of people to learn and share with, and I hope that if you ever decide to take a creative course, even if it is not with Marmalade Moon, that you give a lot to it so that you get a lot in return!

About the Author: Jennifer Lynn Bishop is a freelance graphic designer, artist, and iPhoneographer. Follow her artistic journey at Rainy Day Doodle. 

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