My first thought was to focus on creativity and winter weather, but summer, spring and fall also have an influence so I decided to touch on all of the seasons.
For many people, winter is a depressing time of year. The weather is cold, gray and blah. Travel or just getting outside can be a challenge. Boredom and cabin fever often sets in causing people to want to hibernate or at least nap a lot.
|A winter view from my kitchen|
|Sun battles the fog on a winter day|
The opposite season from winter is summer. That's when everyone wants to be outside going camping, to the lake, grilling, swimming and gardening - all that warm weather stuff. To be honest, I find summer to be highly overrated. It is hot, dusty and when all the insects (including the stinging variety) are active and on a mission to harass the humans. No thanks.
I will happily stay indoors creating from June to September without a twinge of guilt.
Which brings me to spring and fall. These are the best times of the year to be outside and the times when I find myself setting aside the jewelry projects in order to enjoy the fabulous weather we experience in California during these seasons.
A side benefit is that experiencing the outdoors at these times is a wonderful source of inspiration for future projects and jewelry designs. During spring, the trees bud, the flowers bloom and the weather is sunny and mild with the occasional spring shower.
|A wild iris blooms in my yard|
|Beautiful California poppies bloom for a short time in spring and early summer|
The wildlife returns. Babies are being born and making their debut. It's a time of renewal and everything is fresh. I keep these types of images in mind for when summer arrives and it's time to start creating again.
|The photo is a bit grainy, but my hands might have been shaking!|
The fall brings us astonishing color and textures along with crisp, clean air and the first hint of frost. Wildlife is busy preparing for winter as are the humans. It's a fantastic time to be out gathering inspiration for those long winter months when we're all stuck inside again.
|Nothing says Autumn like pumpkins|
To sum up, I can't say that the hot, sultry weather of summer or the gloomy, gray weather of winter affects my creativity in a negative way. Rather, both times of year are looked forward to because it's such an intense time of creating as evidenced below.
|My work area on a creative day - I know where everything is!|
To see what the other participants in this month's blog carnival have to say about weather and creativity, please click on the links below.