Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Taking the Dream Out of the Box – Are these your eyes?

Have you ever heard of Precise Observation? It’s when you pay attention to things you haven’t noticed before. You begin to see the everyday in a different way.

I believe that most artists employ this technique without giving it a thought. It is second nature to them. They pay attention to things that go unnoticed by others much of the time. Sometimes I think of it as having the eyes of a child. To a child the world is big, fascinating and often it’s the little details that they pick up on. We might walk down the street and look in the distance, while they are looking at the bugs scurrying along a crack in the sidewalk. We might see a 5 o’clock shadow on dad as ‘needing a shave’ while they might reach up with their little hands and rub it to feel how tickly it is. We might ignore the jet flying overhead as something we’ve seen many times, they might get excited and say “Airplane!”

When you employ precise observation, you will see things with a new innocence. It might even be considered a childlike curiosity.

Sometimes you can be too close to your idea and need a different perspective. Walking away from it might enable you to see it better. Remember Winnie the Pooh following the tracks of something he thinks might be a Woozle? As he walks, Piglet joins him and together they start to believe that woozles may be growing number. Only Christopher Robin above them in a tree can see they are following their own tracks in a circle.

In this comic, Pig didn't just see breakfast laid out before him. He saw something else in those two fried eggs. Really now, wasn’t that one creative pig to see those eggs and think to himself, “Wouldn’t they make great eyes?”

Now, I think I'll go outside and take a look at the world - again.


  1. I love doing this. Looking at the sky or the trees as I drive the same drive to work each day. It's so much better than not seeing it at all. It makes me very happy to live in NC where there is so much to see!

  2. Taking in the 'whole world' is something I try to do every day ... I love the beauty of my surroundings ... just to drive down a country road & absorb the 'world'. Even a bee or bug is enjoyed. Love the post. TTFN ~Marydon


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