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You see so many list of what to do to be creative. In corporate land, its always about using a specific tool (invented by a consultant) to help you to think up better ideas. In creative land (where people make a living every day from doing creative stuff), the lists are different. You don’t rely on just a specific tool to keep being creative – why would you?  For me, these creative tools miss most of what it means to be creative – the act of creating itself.   To be creative, you have to create and live creatively. And the good news is that you don’t have to buy it. Designers become great designers from designing Artists become great artist through creating art Florists become great florists from constantly putting together floral creations Photographers become great photographers from constantly taking photos The more you CREATE, the more creative you become. You can then throw out the book of thinking tools you paid $60 for and is on the bookshelf in your office. This is why I really liked the Rules of a Creator’s Life from Creative Something. My favourite rules were: Try new things Always be creating Turn work into play Sounds so simple but creativity is simple. Creative people are creative because they try new things and area always creating. Who cares what is looks like at the end – just concentrate on having a good time in the process. Mistakes are OK! So what’s stopping you? Go and be creative today. It feels...

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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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We have a pantry door in our kitchen that has been turned into our blackboard and my 4 year and 2 year old children LOVE it. They draw on it all the time. My oldest son recently asked me to show him how to draw a pear so he could learn how to do it. I drew the pear, he then drew a pear and then coloured in the one that I drew. Both pictures are still on the blackboard and I have been studying his colouring in. From an artistic view point, it works really well. It’s fresh and energetic, has plenty of movement and most importantly, it isn’t between the lines. He is at a stage where he isn’t worried about it being perfect. He doesn’t care about lines, its about making his marks and the pear looks fantastic for it. He doesn’t put boundaries around his expression. He just goes for it and all kids his age do. (Not just a over proud parent…)The creatively rock and roll. parajumpers soldes We are all born naturally creative and for many people, it goes down hill from there. I think that the moment we start getting taught to keep between the lines, we start to stifle our creativity and the slippery slope starts. Mens Belstaff Leather & Shearling Kids suddenly start worrying about mistakes, stop taking risks, judge ourselves on the output rather than the process, lose the ability to play and generally tighten up the creative sphincter! Picasso talks of you spend the first 7 years of your life painting like a child then the rest of your life trying to paint like a child. I think to many of us then go on to live our life between the lines. 2017 Winter Clothing No risk, worrying to much about mistakes, not playing, not expressing who you are, not enjoying the moment and squashing our wonderful imagination and creativity. SO, dont live between the lines and DEFENITELY don’t colour between the...

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One of the joys of working at VisualFunk is the great people that I get to work with. People who don’t just talk about creativity but live it, breathe it, practice it and embrace it. One of these people is Liam Benson who is one of our creative team building facilitators. Liam does wonderful work with our clients to help them take off the creative handbreak and work with their team mates to not only learn more about their own wonderful creativity but what can be achieved when everyone is pooling their creative talents. His own creative practice enables a great understanding of how to help others fulfill their creative potential. Liam recently won the 2011 Hazelhurst Art Award for works on paper with his work “A Christian Country”. His work focuses on national as well as gender identity. I am a firm believer that to develop your creativity you have to behave creatively. Creating (verb) develops your creativity. The more you create (behave creatively) the more creative you become. It is a great upward cycle. The more you behave creatively, the more you stimulate your creativity. The great results, energy and balance that you get drives you to behave more creatively and keep on creating. You are living creatively and breathing creativity. Liam’s continuing work is a testament to living creatively and the benefits of regularly doing creativity. So, go on and do anything, something that drives and develops your creativity. Start living creatively. And congratulations to Liam for his great work. I have judged many art competitions and also been in many art competitions and winning them is hard work. When you do, it’s testament to something...

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Creative Team Building: Good For Your Health? I came across a great article today that spoke about the benefits of creativity for ones health. The article states: We all know the sport and physical activity are important for good health but what about art and music? According to experts, being involved in the creative activity can have a positive effect on health. This is increasingly being recognised with many new projects now using art to deliver health messages and to promote wellbeing. Research has shown that being involved in communal art activities could even increase life expectancy, according to WA public health physician Marisa Gilles. “The arts don’t just improve mental health but also physical health – to the extent that you live longer,” Dr Gilles said. “The arts improve mental health and that in turn affects physical health directly – as we know, the two are interconnected.” Dr. Gilles said work in UK hospitals on “healing from within” had shown that art classes, ballet performances, and music could speed up recovery times in patients. Read the rest of the article here I agree wholeheartedly. When you do something creative, it feels good. It’s as if your soul has been replenished and you have restored some of your natural internal balance. We are being the way we should be. The big thing that stops you doing something creative is the internal heckler who gives you a hard time about what you may look like. The bloody heckler, he/she makes life hard! Once you get past that and wallow in the joy of being creative without the heckler giving you a hard time, it feels great. That is why Visual Funk delivers creative team building programs where we get our clients doing creative activities together. We know that people are designed to be creative but making that step to silence the heckler can be tough. We help people to silence the heckler and great things happen. Whenever we finish, say a creative art program, I always get everyone to reflect on what a nice vibe there is in the room. You can really feel it, as can all of the participants who take part. It’s as if some great energy has been unlocked and everyone is on a high. It’s a great way to leave everyone at the end of a program. Participating in a creative activity opens up great new lines of communication between those taking part and also allows for some great self-expression. We were designed to express ourselves creatively. I always point out that man was drawing, singing and dancing along time before they were creating spreadsheets....

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I read a great short post from Seth Godin today. It said: Wasting time is not a waste In fact, wasting time is a key part of our lives. Wasting time poorly is a sin, because not only are you forgoing the productivity, generosity and art that comes from work, but you’re also giving up the downtime, experimentation and joy that comes from wasting time. If you’re going to waste time (and I hope you will) the least you can do is do it well. Downtime and experimentation is a key part to being creative. The moment that you start to take restrictions off your time and expected outcomes you should have, you can start to truly play and experiment. When we are all so busy, it’s hard to do but the joy of taking the weight of expectation off your shoulders, silencing the internal critic and just playing is wonderful. Artists do it. Kids do it all day and are the most creative people that I...

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