Clouds: simple pleasures in the sky. What do you see?
Early one morning, you decide to stop at the corner cafe for some coffee. Moments after you order, a woman comes barging through the front door. You immediately make a judgement about this woman, but as the events play out, you find your judgement to be terribly wrong. Fill in the details and go.
Straight, curved, thick, thin, jagged, smooth, patterned, solitary. What kind of line is your eye attracted to? Does the line tell a story within the visible frame of your piece or does your imagination fill in the blanks? Think about what the lines on your page say about you as an artist. What do they say about your characters?
Raft, dugout, dinghy, kayak,
Gondola, catamaran, fishing boat, schooner,
Houseboat, yacht, riverboat, ferry,
Cruise liner, lifeboat, submarine, aircraft carrier.
Drop your character right on the deck of one of these boats or ships. Choose one, choose many, but therein lies the challenge.
Why not dart through the trees from time to time? Take the path you see in front of you, or weave through the shadows for an entirely different adventure. Write of a character encountering an unforeseen shadow that shifts him into an unpredictable circumstance.
The nails will rust, the wood will weather, and the paint will chip. Age is inevitable with all things, just as the skin with its wrinkles and the hair with its shades of gray. When the inevitable comes, what remains? How will you remain in the face of time?