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....

SPRING updates @Atelier Molenpad

12 April in Uncategorized

This SPRING issue is short and all about sharing exciting things happening @ Atelier Molenpad. Lots of spring cleaning, and shaping up the programs. . .schedule and all. Below you will find 3 sections. In the last section, NEW SEASON 2013-2014, I am looking for your scheduling feedback. . .YES some scheduling updates in the air, and more fun activities to be announced in next issue of this newsletter! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ATELIER MOLENPAD GROUP SHOW: SAVE THE DATE, 25 April 6-9:00pm! We are having a show of participating students @ Atelier Molenpad, Intuitive Painting Center. This group show is called: 'Our. . .' It's a collaboration of works exploring. . .OURselves, OUR movements & OUR inspriations. Participating Artists are: Victoria Schuller (Also created OUR flyer, below) / Aartienne Kleyer / Watse Hamstra Rieneke de Ruiter / Ans de Kruif / Tatiana Terekhova/ Erik Pels / Helma Knijn / Anke Kroon / Julika Marijn Facebook page for this event -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMER WEEK...

Spring in the air indeed

04 March in Uncategorized

Feeling the Spring in the air indeed! Feels like I gave birth with receiving the first proof copy of my book SMART: How creativity empowers you business. If you want to reflect and gain insight into any business topic, start with art. I had the pleasure of presenting my book during two workshops on friday at a symposium that took place at Avans Entrepreneurial Center in Breda. The topic of the symposium was New Leadership. In the workshop, we did two mini-hands on painting exercises. After we translated this information into commitments and action items! We had lots of business topic breakthroughs in the room. I received follow up mails from participants which gives me such a smile on my face! Launch party details TBD. . .For pre-orders details simply reply to this mail. . .In the meantime, painting courses are in their final 2 months before summer break. Summer week retreats are...

Start the year as a rainbow

01 January in Uncategorized

Here's a rainbow in your honor. . . Lot's of love for this 2014! This rainbow is such an insiration to me. It reminds me of gratitude. Especially for the small stuff. Had I not looked up, I might have missed it, I might have not believe it was there. Just taking a moment out of the day to smell the roses, admire the sky, count my blessings etc. . .I think you get it, I know you do this. . . Lovely to have an image to show for it! We have had mild weather here in Amsterdam, as I sit to write this note, I am enjoying the sun beaming in! I have of course been watching the news at the record breaking temperatures in other parts of the world. . .hope you are all staying warm this season! We have lots of inspiring things happening at the studio this year. From...