Creativity doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Our ideas are influenced outside of ourselves: the places and things we observe. But observing isn’t just about seeing—it’s a multi-sensory endeavor: the smell of the forests we camp in, the sounds of the city we walk through, the feel of the sun we sit under.

To observe is a kind of collaboration between ourselves and the rest of the world. When we open up our senses to observation, we take with us the things we notice and store them in our subliminal pockets for another day, when we’ll call on them.

If there is ever a time to observe, it’s summer. Outdoors is equally as comfortable as indoors, and we can venture into the nooks and crannies of the globe that we overlook when cold weather controls where we play.

This month, our minds are open and observing. We’ll put our instruments and brushes down and focus on taking it all in.

We hope you’ll join us.

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