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The Creative Process: What An Artist Can Teach Us I was at an art gallery this week doing some research for a program we are running. I absolutely love spending time in galleries. I find them so inspiring not only as an artist but also for the sheer amount of self-expression that you see. We were all created with the ability and need to express ourselves (but that is another post) I came across this explanation of the inspiration of a Jeffrey Smart painting Central Station II and I thought it really summed up the creative process well. His words about the background to the painting were: “In the morning, a friend took me for a tour around those strange parts – strange architecturally – in Sydney. We went to Glebe, Annandale….. then Balmain and the houses on the water there, and Leichardt finally. By this time my imagination was stirred to such an extent that when Michael Ramsden, who drove, stopped near Central Station to run off and buy a paper, I saw him and those hoardings in such a way that I thought I should like to have it forever…it was a moment of hallucinatory beauty”. The notes for the painting went on to say ‘Returning to the spot early the next morning, Smart made a number of sketches and drawings from which he developed the final painting when he returned to Italy’  Smart stirred his creativity that day. He stirred it mightily and then most importantly, he went and acted on it. How did he stir it? He really opened his eyes to all that was around him. He thought about the world around him in a different way. We could even say his thinking/actions was out of the box (or out of the studio). He provided his mind with a whole load of stimulus and freshness. He didn’t just look at one building. He looked at loads. He moved. He didn’t restrict his stimulus to a conversation, a text book or a meeting room. He moved and engaged with his environment. All of these things stirred his imagination. Importantly, he was open to it being stirred. He was open to being inspired. He was a sponge ready to soak it all up. He then did something about it. He could have so easily not gone back in the morning. He would have had to change his plans, miss appointments etc. but he went and did it and harnessed his creative drive at the moment. For me, it sums up the creative process really well. You have to allow your imagination to be stirred. You do...

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Innovation and Contemporary Art: not that dissimilar There is a new contemporary art space that has just opened at the Art Gallery of NSW and has been put together by the donation of Friends of mine have visited and have come back with a few questions along the lines of “How do we understand contemporary art?” followed by “because I didn’t understand anything!” A great explanation of contemporary art is on the AGNSW website: Simply put, contemporary art is the art of our time. However, it can be difficult to define specifically as what it means to be ‘contemporary’ changes with each day – what is modern to us will be history to future generations.Contemporary art is a label, not a single movement. It can be seen as a myriad of new approaches to art that have developed since the 1960s. Contemporary artists take art beyond the traditional forms of drawing, painting and sculpture and embrace new mediums and technologies. My questions to my friends were: Did the show make you feel anything? Did it make you think differently? Did you get out of your comfort zone? Were you challenged at all? Did you do something you don’t normally do? The answer to all of the questions was yes so even if you didn’t understand anything,  the experience is a success. Regardless of what they were immediately able to comprehend, there were plenty of positive benefits. The big challenge companies face with innovation and the creativity that drives it is the ability to do something different to make it happen.  To be challenged, be out of your comfort zone, to think differently and do something that they wouldn’t normally do. Doing the same thing you have always done is easy but it rarely delivers results. Does that mean that companies have to visit art galleries to drive innovation? It certainly would be a great thing to do but the key is to do anything that will challenge,  get people out of their comfort zone and stir emotions. Innovation, like the new exhibition at the AGNSW is contemporary. Having the same meetings in the same boardroom just wont work.  Its about embracing new media and technologies. Its about embracing a myriad of new approaches. It is taking things beyond the traditional approach. Innovation is alive. And my best advice to look at contemporary art? (and you don’t want to read anything about it)  Look at it, if you like it – great! If you don’t like it – great as well!  Turn off the bossy LHS of your brain that needs to make immediate sense of everything and just enjoy...

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