Creativity Quotes on Winter

Niagara Falls in Winter

Let us love winter for it is the spring of genius.

These photos were taken in Niagara Falls Park when I was there recently.  The falls were/are freezing.  I was there on a record breaking cold day.  It was a struggle to even get there as it has snowed that morning and the road that we were traveling in one was closed.

But once we got there it was a winter wonderland.  (We couldn’t get to a spot to see the falls themselves in full, although we were at the top of the falls on the American side.  There was so much snow and it was gated off.)

If you click on the photos they’ll open up larger and you can see the detail of the snow and how gorgeous is it.

The snow was beautiful, yet I have grown so tired of winter.  I have cabin fever.  I miss the green on the trees and flowers blooming.  My eyes are strained by nothing but the white of the snow.

Niagara Falls in Winter

(From the top of the falls)

I need some inspiration to get through these last weeks of winter.  Maybe you do, too.  I hope these quotes help!

“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.”

~Pietro Aretino

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“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime.  Never make a negative decision in the low time.  Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods.  Wait.  Be patient.  The storm will pass.  The spring will come.”

~Robert Schuller

Flowers

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“O, Wind,

If winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

~Percy Bysshe Shelley

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“When one has faith that the spring thaw will arrive, the winter winds seem to lose some of their punch.”

~Robert L. Veninga

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“In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurge of nature.”

~Edna O’Brien

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In the past I have written about winter and creativity, here are some of the posts:

creativity in winter

5 Tips for Being Creative in Winter

Winter inspiration

5 Ways to Stay Inspired in the Winter

Invincible summer

Creativity Quote:  In the Depth of Winter

Design Inspiration: Winter

Design Inspiration:  Winter

Design Inspiration: Winter

Design Inspiration:  Winter

Winter can be a difficult time for a lot of people.  I know I start to feel stuck inside.  I hate the cold and the snow can make it difficult to get around.

However, wintertime can be a great time to really practice your jewelry making skills.  (You’re kind of stuck inside anyway, right?)  And there are some really beautiful colors. The sky is often this gorgeous shade of blue.  And as much as snow is annoying to deal with it is quite beautiful, isn’t it?

Snow in Lititz, PA

Here are a few of my past articles about inspiration in wintertime:

Five Tips for Being Creative in Winter

Five Ways to Stay Inspired in Winter

A quote to inspire you during winter:  In the Depth of Winter

Snow tree

Find something that you love about winter and focus on that.  Or at the very least you can remember:

I heard a bird sing

In the dark of December.

A magical thing

And sweet to remember.

“We are nearer to Spring

Than we were in September,”

I heard a bird sing

In the dark of December.

I Heard a Bird Sing by Oliver Herford

5 Tips for Being Creative in Winter

creativity in winterI’ve experienced it and I’ve heard it from a lot of people.  It can be difficult to stay creative and inspired in winter.

For me it’s a big combination of factors that all collide together.  It’s cold (I like it warm).  There isn’t enough daylight.  I love being outside in nature.  It snows a lot where I live and I feel trapped by it.

But I have learned to adapt and get myself out of my winter blues relatively quickly.

Gentle warning:  Some days you need to just be okay with having low energy and being kind to yourself.  In fact, I suggest that all days you are kind to yourself.  Don’t push yourself too hard.  It is winter, after all, and it’s a time for rest.  (Some animals hibernate during this time.  I think we should take a lesson from that.)  Just be gentle and kind with yourself.

IMG_9862-0015 Tips for Being Creative in Winter

Tip #1

Try to appreciate what good things you like about winter.

I don’t like snow because I’m worried about my husband driving to work.  It’s cold.  It’s messy.  It makes it difficult to get around.  However, it’s rarely a problem for very long.  I won’t be stranded for long.

Plus, snow is beautiful.  It brightens up the otherwise dreary winter.  It makes everything look bright, fresh and new.  It somehow quiets everything in the world a little.  Plus it can be actually be fun to be snowed in.

Think about something you really appreciate about winter.  Maybe it’s something like you get to wear your favorite scarf or cuddle up in a blanket your aunt made you.

Now that you’re thinking more positively, find some inspiration.  Maybe the sky is super blue today.  Maybe the snow is so beautiful and inspires a winter white necklace.

Winter inspiration

Tip #2

Let the sunshine in.

This relates to my missing the daylight.  When you get up, make sure all the blinds in your house are open.  It can be quite sunny during the day in winter, so I let it in as much as possible while I can.

It is hard to stay down in the dumps and uninspired while bathing in the sunlight.  Even if you cannot go outside, just stand and take in the sun on your face through a window.

IMG_9858Tip #3

Go out into nature.

Yes, pull on your coat and mittens and head on out.  The pictures in this post were taken during a snow storm yesterday.  We have had a lot of snow this year where I live and I was getting pretty tired of it and getting a little cabin fever already.  So I took a walk in the park.  In the snow.  It was so much better getting out of the house for a while.

Plus as an extra added bonus I got to do one of my favorite creative pastimes:  photography!

Tip #4

When you do get inspiration, jot it down for the times when you feel less creative.

When I start having ideas they often come at me at a rate that I could never keep up.  So I write them all down.

In fact, here’s my big secret system for keeping and storing my ideas:  Note cards.

I write or sketch my ideas each on a separate note card.  Then I have a note card box divided into categories to keep them in.  When I’m trying to come up with an idea for jewelry to make or a blog post to write, I refer to the cards.  If I’m every blocked creatively, I know that I have tons of ideas right there.

Sometimes I go though the box and get all inspired and excited again just looking at all the ideas.  This works even when I’m feeling less than creative.

Maybe you’d do better with a sketchpad or notebook.  Just find something that works for you!

IMG_9856Tip #5

Go on a creativity expedition.

Different creativity teachers have different names for this.  I call it this because I love the idea of going on an adventure.

Basically, get out of the house and go on an adventure.  Julia Cameron calls it an artist date.  There are plenty of things you can do in the winter.  For example, you can go to a museum, check out an art gallery, go thrifting at Goodwill, browse through antique stores, window shop at boutiques, take a walk around your town, take the train or a bus to another town, etc., etc.

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up in the house!

I actually have a free mini eCourse on this very subject.  Go on your adventure and then I show you how to make jewelry, too!  Click here to go to the free eCourse.

IMG_9854I hope this helps you to be creative and not let winter drag you down.  Remember, be kind and loving to yourself.  Don’t force it.  It will come to you!

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