Art Provides Employee Satisfaction

29 July in Articles, On-Line Journal

The act of creating art allows the release of personal expression by hands-on action and doing. Employees get satisfaction from completing a project. This is especially vital when employees are working on long-term projects. Such was the case in projects that I worked on in my corporate days. We worked on projects five years in advance. There is a high degree of satisfaction when we can see immediate results. Creating art gives us this immediate satisfaction alongside having the destiny of your project in your hands. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="422"] Art in the Etsy offices, Creative Commons, Charles & Hudson.[/caption] The act of looking at art, even if we just have it in our lobby or office, speaks to us on a subconscious level. It can inspire us to embrace the changes around us and trust that we will continuously discover new solutions. I love the quote from the book Who Moved...

Art Creates Stronger Teams

22 July in On-Line Journal

Working with art creates a stronger team of empowered, happy and self-confident individuals. Teams thrive when they create projects together. When we work creatively, we activate our right hemisphere. An effect of activating our right hemisphere is an enhanced sense of community. People get in the mode of “we’re into this together”. When we work exclusively in our left hemisphere, we tend to be more focused on individual work and achievements. This is an antiquated way of working. It is that age-old silo idea: ‘this is my project and this is yours’. When people are in contact with their own creativity, they are in contact with themselves. This connection allows for a heightened sense of who they are as an individual, and at the same time how everyone is connected to each other as team members with the same goal. Creativity encourages the entrepreneurial mindset by empowering individuals to activate the creative...

Art is a Metaphor for Innovation (2 of 2)

15 July in On-Line Journal

At one time I was employed by Lucent technologies, a company focused on creating innovative technology. It was our job in the industrial design team to innovate new products. The distinction between invention and innovation was clear to us. We were constantly inventing new technologies; working at least five years ahead of current technology. Innovation was different, however. To be innovative was not so much to create a technology that did not exist, rather to shift the usage of an existing technology: to see it function in a new way. This is where the process of creating art came into play. Art breaks though boundaries. Art is usually not about the technology, but rather about creatively applying technology. Art provides us with insights into our sensory worlds. It helps us visually connect to our vision, perspective and emotion, and to each other within a team. This enhances our intuitive visioning...

Art is a Metaphor for Innovation (Part 1 of 2)

08 July in On-Line Journal

Art is a metaphor for innovation. Since art is not restricted by materials or functionality, it is a potent ingredient for change. When I worked as an industrial designer, I was inspired by observing colors, lines and forms from nature. I was particularly drawn to insects, especially their bright colors and funky patterns. I am still surprised by the effect of these wild combinations! Then there are the natural forms of shells, fossils, skeletal structures, plant geometry and so forth. I noticed a certain geometrical law in these, known as the golden rectangle. It is a law that is repeated in nature over and over again. I started applying this law to my designs. Applying this geometry made the designs feel right. This was quite a magical discovery for me! This formula offered a foolproof formula for creating proportions and aspect ratios. I especially appreciated how timeless the designs became....

The Art of Your Business Tribe

01 July in Articles, On-Line Journal

In the present day, your business may also be viewed as a tribe. Art puts you in touch with the soul of your company and helps you communicate this soul to your clients. Art is a tool for envisioning new products or services, depicting products, creating a new marketing or business plan, and much more. It creates a whole new visual language for your business and aligns the visions of all your employees. Much like the tribal medicine man, art can create your own business’s medicine....

Art is a Mirror

24 June in Articles, On-Line Journal

The Arts is a broad term. As a sensory language, The Arts encompasses visual arts, dance, music and literature. I like to focus primarily on the visual arts aspect in this book. Visual art makes a visible connection with our elements/subconscious and is a term that is loosely defined by drawing, painting and sculpture. How does visual art fit into our world? We have specially designed institutions for both viewing and protecting the definition of art. ...

Intuitive Knowing Leads to Business Opportunities (Part 2 of 2)

17 June in Articles, On-Line Journal

Through the medium of color, line and form, certain emotions are brought up within us. We meet parts of ourselves that would otherwise be difficult to reach. There are areas in our life and business that are unfamiliar to us. They can be emotions and feelings from long ago. Behaviors that helped us cope with situations. You know, that stuff in the closet. Often, I have seen that those things in our closet are purer then the truths we have adopted from others. ...

Intuitive Knowing Leads to Business Opportunities (Part 1 of 2)

10 June in Articles, On-Line Journal

When we use art to connect to our natural instincts and intuitive knowing, a whole new world of business opportunities open up. By connecting our strategies, projects and business to the laws and cycles of the natural world, using the tools I describe in part III, we gain clarity about the projects we are working on. Art strengthens our vision of where we are heading and what we need to get there. That is why art can help us sculpt out strategies right before our eyes and build projects from the chaotic clay of floating ideas into sharp business targets....

What is Art? (part 2 of 2)

03 June in Articles, On-Line Journal

I have played around with the acronym that art might stand for. How about: Always Reality Today; A Reading of Time; Appreciation Reveals Truth; or Advanced Reading Trance. The Webster’s definition of Art is: “A visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination.” When we use the term art, we can encompass diverse media such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, decorative arts and photography. And then there is the age-old debate on whether we can classify a particular modern sculpture installation as art. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="277"] Linz PA Museumspark Parkbank, Creative Commons-Isiwal[/caption] There appears to be a fine line between a practical object, designed to fulfill a purpose, and something that purely has its function in aesthetics, created to shift something in our feelings or thoughts. This brings us to a sore point historically within the stereotypical artists’ community: value. Value in terms of the functional aspect...

What is Art ? (Part 1 of 2)

28 May in Articles, On-Line Journal

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="255"] Vincent van Gogh Self-portrait, detail from the Venus (Botticelli), temple lion, Japanese porcelain, Chokwesculpture[/caption] What is art? When I ask myself this question, my first response is “what isn’t it”? Lets explore the connection between art and business. We will discover how our intuition accesses information from the subconscious mind as an invaluable tool in linking art and business. Through visual art we have invaluable given tools to access and strengthen this intuition. One of these tools embodies the elements of nature. Everything around us is art, life is art, and the way we do things passionately is art. Think about the art of bookkeeping, the art of finance, or the art of business. Art is interpretation and creation at the same time. More importantly, I find that art reminds me of all the elements that I, as a human, am made up of: earth, water, fire, air....