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.
Abstract work - Reversed Image

Abstract work - Reversed Image

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.

Putting the Heart into Art  – that’s it in a nutshell really.  Are you familiar with the term Heart Intelligence .   Its a fascinating concept and many artists and creatives  use their Heart Intelligence  quite intuitively when they work.

Heart Intelligence requires 2 skills, one is to be internally aware in any given moment of what you are feeling ( not what you think you should be) and also simultaneously having relational awareness i.e. the ability of  knowing others.  I think that what art does is allows you to access that place in your heart ,  and express that through your chosen medium.  After all every creative work is an expression of the internal awareness of its creator and putting it out there to be shared with others..  I have had a couple of extraordinary experiences in which a painting told me an amazing story  that I didn’t know was unfolding even as I was painting it.

Allow me to share this with you and I think you may well agree that it was an amazing experience.  This story begins actually with the end of a painting .  The painting you see below was finished.

Abstract landscape

Abstract landscape

I put down the brush and knew that it didn’t require another brushstroke.  So what’s the problem you may well ask.  Well the problem was that it didn’t feel finished.  When you do something do you ever have to reach an internal place that feels just right to you, in order to feel it is complete and move on. Well I always look for that when I’m painting.

So to return to the painting – I looked and looked at it – went away, came back, left it over night, sat in front of it again  – nah – still that nagging feeling and still no solution.   Left it another night , came down the stairs into the studio the next morning and walked right up to it and turned it around, till it looked like this!  And it was complete!

The Watcher

The Watcher

Well that was literally a shocking experience – here was a painting I had tried so hard to paint as an abstract, using some melded landscape photos and look what turned up.

Now do you know anything about symbolism?  Well I was familiar with a bit of it and immediately recognized several symbols in this picture.  There I was sitting on a rock with a hood on my head.  The hood was piereced with holes.  Behind the figure back to back is another figure looking out into a landscape  and off  to the right hand side of the picture a rather obese looking person slinking around – I was struggling with weight issues at the time.  Then there are more shadowy figures in the dark area at the upper left of the painting.  All these figures represented someone in my life at that time – it was a chillingly acurate portrait of my life during that period – I was in shock for several days.  My heart, intuition call it what you will made me pay attention to myself  in a way I could no longer ignore – it was truly amazing.

Do you think this was Heart Intelligence at work?

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