I am beginning a series of posts/articles, which relate to creativity in business, a subject I have barely touched upon yet.
Many businesses these days pay lip service to innovation, without truly understanding that ALL innovation is driven by creativity and that the creative process has it own set of anti rules, parameters and processes which don’t fit into corporate rules, boxes and traditional ways of thinking.
We spend more of our lives working, either for ourselves if we have our own business or for someone else if we are employed, than we spend doing anything else. Which ever applies to you, I have a couple of questions –
Do you consciously use creativity or creative thinking in your day-to-day working life?
Do you think it is a general creative ‘bent’ that you have or are you more aware that you have and use your own ‘creative genius’ in your working life.
Now if you are not an ‘artist per se’ or you don’t work in a ‘creative’ type of business you may well be saying something like “what creative genius” what!!….
Didn’t anyone tell you before that you have one? Well I’m here to let you know – if there was ever any doubt about it, that you do. And the scariest thing about that, is owning up to the fact that you might be really good at something. Why is that?
Pretty simple really, if I am truly good at something then that might lead me to…….see full article
Cool And Quirky Studio: Creative Thinking around a work space
I was listening to a talk on time management, By Rich Schefren, this morning and was struck by something he said. He was speaking about procrastination and discussing the way some people find it hard to stick to a time table. He suggested that you write a list of fun things that you would love to do and then schedule them into your week. The idea behind this is that there is a two fold benefit:
One is that you get to have more fun in your life and of course when you are having fun, you often find that your creativity kicks in. This is because you are not focusing on the problem and thus allowing the subconscious mind to find solutions for you.
The other benefit is that you work more efficiently as you now have less time to get your activities done in. Also once you begin using this strategy on a regular basis , you become eager to get through your work load so you can get to the fun. That’s not to say that you don’t enjoy your work, but this adds another dimension to your life.
Sometimes we can snatch an hour here or there. I love to take photos and the other week after work instead of going home, I felt called to the beach 5 minutes down the road, so I went – and had great fun. Here are the results-
Before The Storm
To assist you in thinking about these ideas a little more, here are some questions you might ask yourself-
If you are currently engaged in creative work are you really enjoying it? If not what can you do about this?
Is there a particular part of your work that you find especially enjoyable and would it be possible to do more of this and less of something else?
Do you have fun at work and what are your feelings around that? Is fun even allowed in your workplace? Some businesses frown upon it – little realizing that this is one of the gateways to tapping into people’s creativity.
Have you any hobbies or leisure activities that you love to do? Are you doing them?
When was the last time you took a day off and spent all of it having fun? Did you feel just a little bit guilty about that?
In the course of pursuing my other passion – InnerPrinting, this week, I came across an amazing creative achievement by Nek Chand who created his ‘Rock Garden’ in Chandigarh, India.
This is one man’s life’s work, and what is astonishing is that he pursued this project with little or no external recognition, monetary or otherwise, for a period of more than 20 years. That is a pretty powerful creative urge. For a detailed history of how he built his rock and recycled material garden and sculptures , visit NekChand
We are all creators. We create the fabric of our lives every day with the power of our thoughts and emotions. In the same way an art work unfolds, our lives unfold from moment to moment before our very eyes.
The creative urge is so strong within, that even though many of us deny loud and long, that we have not a creative bone in our bodies, it will have an out somewhere! Or for others of us our lives become too busy, so we think we no longer have time for our creative interests.
A case in point is my daughter and her cup cakes, of the last post. As a young mum she no longer manages to find the time to paint – but her cup cakes were a work of art!
One week to go! What a week it has been. A computer crash the week before a main event is tragic. I temporarily lost my gantt chart with my whole exhibition plan and time line. Now THAT really threw a spanner in the works.
So apart from running around getting a new motherboard and re-installing all my programs, it has been a busy week with press interviews, gathering students works for the photo shoot, making last minute necklaces and earrings and generally attending to a bunch of important details. Add to this, painting, running classes, travelling to Sydney 3 times and minding grand kids and well – time management becomes pretty important! And to top it all off, it’s Easter and everything is closed down till Wednesday – which of course means too much chocolate and not enough exercise! Do I sound a little frazzled? I do don’t I. Ok – deep breath, stillness and – upward and onward!
A compilation of student works from the Vine Art Affair to be held next week.
I thought it was time I shared my latest work with you, just to let you know that yes I do get creative now and then. Actually this series of paintings I am working on at the moment is very complex and they are quite time consuming.
Anyway, I’m keeping it short and sweet this week.
This work is titled – The Liquid Deep. It is a painting of memory and mystery. It contains past, present and future while seeming at the same time, beyond time – it seems to sit in a timless space, that teases at the edge of our awarness. Then as you watch, things unfold before your eyes. You see figures, unseen before. This is not a work for quick glances, it needs to be absorbed and experienced.
There is an Annie Leibovitz exhibition running in Sydney currently. It is well worth the visit if you get the chance.
Part of this exhibition is a biographical video of her life. Fascinating stuff! What really piqued my interest was that it seemed to again raise the issue I explored in my post on ‘The Black Swan’ a few weeks ago.
How far are we willing to go in pursuit of our creative vision? Annie spent a lot of time at one part of her life living and touring with The Rolling Stones while she chronicled their lives through the lens of her camera. After all how can you act naturally around a camera unless it becomes such a fixture that it no longer impacts your conscious awareness. For The Rolling Stones it was almost as if Annie became a part of the furniture.
But what was the cost to her ? Her health, arguably one’s most precious resource. She was living the Rock life style, which for so many results in addictions and drug dependency. She finally checked into a detox facility, dried out and got on with her passion.
Art becomes life – where is the separation? It seems that one of the prices so many great creatives pay is found living at the edge in a place where others cannot go. It is a personal exploration and also a sacrifice to their art because the road is often extremely difficult and I believe great courage is required of those who walk this road.
The courage to be different,
To not live up to others expectations
To step into unfamiliar territory which often flies in the face of societal convention
To remain true to ones self without sacrificing ones values in order to “get the shot/story” etc.
If you get a chance to see this exhibition it provides a fascinating insight into the lives of people of our times.