Changing your point of view is one of the most powerful tools around and can be applied to a vast array of circumstances, issues etc. in a variety of different ways. The one I want to look at today I call Topsy Turvy. I am going to relate it to painting, however it does have other applications which I will discuss later in the post.
Tip 2 Continued: Points of View
- Topsy Turvy : This is a great technique if you are feeling stuck and don’t know what to do next. Again like so many creativity techniques, only a simple action is needed.
- Begin by turning the work upside down. See my previous post ‘Heart Intelligence and Art’ This once again makes us look at it in a completely different way. Everything has changed.
- Listen to your first inner impressions as you do this. What is your voice noticing?
- These are important insights.
- If you reverse the painting and nothing is immediately noticeable, then turn it around again and keep working with this technique until you have viewed it from all sides.
- This technique is very useful when working with abstract images as it often helps to uncover undiscovered eye journeys, areas of interest, tonal discrepancies and so forth.
- Finally, consider combining this technique with the Mirror Mirror Technique, as this will give you even more of a pattern interrupt and a perception jolt.
So how might you apply this concept tp things other than painting. Well when you think about it what we are doing here is really looking at the issue from the totally opposite point of view. What would happen if you did that with a business challenge – for example.
You might say – I want/need more traffic – the opposite of that is – I need less traffic – is that true? Possibly not but it might lead to the divergent thought of – I don’t need less traffic, what i need is better quality traffic.
In writing this post I have unearthed several thoughts which I am now planning to put into a ‘Insights Into Creativity’ report at some point. I will keep you updated on its progress.