You can not use up creativity

“You can not use up creativity, The more you use the more you have” Maya Angelou

A Routine of Creativity
By Jeffrey Baumgartner
A reason many companies struggle to innovate is because they do not permit routine creativity. Most of the time, their employees are expected to follow defined processes to get things done. Then, once a year, those employees participate in an anticonventional thinking session run by a crazy guy like me or a brainstorm facilitated by a deluded creativity expert who has not yet learned that brainstorming does not actually work very well. For a day or two, the employee is encouraged to think differently, is invited to question stuff and is allowed to share creative ideas. Then, like a cold smack in the face, she is sent back to her desk where routines are to be followed unquestioningly, questions are discouraged and ideas that would change the way things are done are entirely unwanted. Whatever creativity lessons she might have learned during the special session are soon forgotten.

A Managing Director Who Disdains Creativity
A lifetime or two ago, when I was an e-business consultant, I sat in on a meeting with a company’s business development people and the managing director for Europe. A number of the business developers discussed improving the invoicing system. It took weeks and sometimes months from the time a job was invoiceable to the time when the company actually sent the invoice. It was so bad that clients were complaining about the slow invoicing process and asking to be billed faster. During the meeting, the business development people made several suggestions for improving the invoicing approach, but the managing director shot all of them down saying that they did not understand the invoicing process and it was perfectly fine, thank you very much!

In other words, ideas for improving a fundamental business process were unwelcome, even if those ideas would have had a profound and positive effect on cashflow and customer satisfaction.

Now this company was rather extreme in its disdain for creative thinking and I understand it continues to be that way. Nevertheless, discouraging creative thinking in day to day processes is commonplace in many businesses that presumably want to be more innovative.

The Overly Clever Engineer
Consider the company that hired a creative engineer to tackle a complex problem. Halfway through her first day of work, she reports to her manager, “Here, I’ve solved it,” she says and show his him the solution. He looks at her concept and sees that it solves the problem.

“Very good,” he said. “Now go back to your desk and look busy for a couple of weeks.”

“Why? she asked, surprised by his response.

“Because problems like this typically take a team of engineers a month to do. You did it in a couple of hours. That just makes the others look bad.”

It is attitudes like these that discourage creative thinking on a day to day basis. And, without creativity, you have no innovation.

The Solution: Routine Creativity
The solution, my friend, is simple in concept: make creativity routine. Invite people to suggest better ways to invoice jobs and, if your business development people do not understand the system, then explain the system to them. Is that really so hard to work out?

When an engineer figures out how to solve a complex problem quickly, do not encourage her to pretend to take more time. Invite her to share her reasoning and methodology with the team so that they too can not only learn better ways to solve similar problems, but also so they can learn the value of applying creativity to problem solving.

Make it clear that every single process in your organisation is replaceable, provided the replacement has added value. Hug (in a businesslike way, of course) people who find creative ways to improve processes. Instead of asking colleagues, “How are you?” ask, “What big idea do you have today?”

That Powerpoint template you have and which you require everyone to use? Discourage them from using it and encourage them to design their own presentations while reminding them that the talk is more important than the slides.

In meetings, when someone has a suggestion, consider it carefully rather than reject it out of hand. When administrative employees find ways to administrate faster, jump with joy and compliment them profusely.

When direct reports’ ideas are flawed, do not admonish them. Consider their ideas, compliment them and challenge them to improve those ideas.

Tell ’em What Needs to Be Done and Let ’em Do It
Most importantly of all, your managers must learn to tell people what needs to be done and let them work out how to do it − while making themselves available for coaching if needed − rather than telling them precisely what to do and how to do it. Moreover, when a direct report comes up with a great way to do something, invite her to share the idea with the team, if not the entire organisation. Indeed, consider setting up a tips and suggestions database on the Intranet where people can share tips and newbies can find those tips.

In other words, make creativity routine, a part of the daily working habits of all your employees, and your company will soon become much, much more creative. You will tap deeper into the potential of your workforce, they will be more engaged in their work and your company will innovate better.

Would that be awesome, or what?

PAINT YOUR WAY TO ANGEL CONNECTIONS


Through an evening of painting, join angel practitioner Paige Stevensen of The Intuitive Advisor and Zealous Art founder Freda Lombard in her Langley art studio as they reveal to you your private angelic path through painting.

Would it comfort you to know that an Archangel is with you right now! How would it feel to have a piece of art in your room with that Angel on it and you painted the piece of art?

We will be conducting a 3-part series of Angel Connection art classes. Each class will focus on a specific Angel and its’ area of speciality. You will leave each class with an angel painting and will end up with three beautiful paintings to display on your walls at home or to share with someone else, as a gift.

During this special, interactive event discover how to connect with your own higher angel wisdom to solve problems, get clear direction towards pressing challenges, and gain access to beneficial knowledge for your life.

February 4, 2019

  • Love Angel – Archangel Jophiel – pink tones
  • is considered the angel of love. Archangel Jophiel assists on all levels of creativity and being in the moment with self and our thoughts. 
  • She will assist with all relationships such as relationship with self, family, intimate, others and money.
  • releasing unwanted energy stored in the heart chakra (hurt, grief, anger, guilt, shame, unforgiveness and sadness)
  • helps to open us to receive money as love

February 28, 2019

  • Healing Angel – Archangel Raphael – emerald green
  • is considered the healing angel for humans and animals, 
  • removal of blocked energy, removal of toxins or viruses. 
  • also assists with addictions and cravings, releasing and reducing, 
  • calming our energy  
  • clearing space and brining calm into a room.

March 14, 2019

  • Protection Angel – Archangel Michael – blue
  • First and foremost, Archangel Michael is protection. 
  • He also will assist with: career, life purpose, business, and intentions 
  • how to stop worrying.

No art or intuitive experience necessary.

Why art is important in your child’s education

Here are the top ten ways that the arts help kids learn and develop important characteristics they will need as adults:

1. Creativity. This may seem like a no-brainer, but the arts allow kids to express themselves better than math or science. As the Washington Post says: In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in six different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.

2. Improved Academic Performance. The arts don’t just develop a child’s creativity—the skills they learn because of them spill over into academic achievement. PBS says, “A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.”

3. Motor Skills. This applies mostly to younger kids who do art or play an instrument. Simple things like holding a paintbrush and scribbling with a crayon are an important element to developing a child’s fine motor skills. According to the National Institutes of Health, developmental milestones around age three should include drawing a circle and beginning to use safety scissors. Around age four, children may be able to draw a square and begin cutting straight lines with scissors.

4. Confidence. While mastering a subject certainly builds a student’s confidence, there is something special about participating in the arts. Getting up on a stage and singing gives kids a chance to step outside their comfort zone. As they improve and see their own progress, their self-confidence will continue to grow.

5. Visual Learning. Especially for young kids, drawing, painting, and sculpting in art class help develop visual-spatial skills. Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University says, Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.

6. Decision Making. The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. How do I express this feeling through my dance? How should I play this character? Learning how to make choices and decisions will certainly carry over into their education and other parts of life—as this is certainly a valuable skill in adulthood.

7. Perseverance. I know from personal experience that the arts can be challenging. When I was trying to learn and master the clarinet, there were many times when I became so frustrated that I wanted to quit. But I didn’t. After practicing hard, I learned that hard work and perseverance pay off. This mindset will certainly matter as they grow—especially during their career where they will likely be asked to continually develop new skills and work through difficult projects.

8. Focus. As you persevere through painting or singing or learning a part in a play, focus is imperative. And certainly focus is vital for studying and learning in class as well as doing a job later in life.

9. Collaboration. Many of the arts such as band, choir, and theater require kids to work together. They must share responsibility and compromise to achieve their common goal. Kids learn that their contribution to the group is integral to its success—even if they don’t have the solo or lead role.

10. Accountability. Just like collaboration, kids in the arts learn that they are accountable for their contributions to the group. If they drop the ball or mess up, they realize that it’s important to take responsibility for what they did. Mistakes are a part of life, and learning to accept them, fix them, and move on will serve kids well as they grow older.

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Team building painting session

Today I secured 2 team building painting sessions for 2 separate teams, for two completely opposite reasons

1. New team – Professionals from various departments and locations in the company, that will be working very closely together on a new project (20 people) This team will be doing a traditional step by step instructor led Painting session. Will happen at the studio.

2. Old team – Team that has been working together for a few years but have a new manager. They are all work work work… He would like for them to relax and have some fun together. Their focus will be on Team spirit, fun and motivation (40 people) Their manager chose the Musical Canvas Painting session – just like musical chairs but with paintings! This one is going to be a lot of fun! Taking the big speaker and microphone for this one! Happening in their warehouse.

How cool is this?

Want to book a team building session for your team Contact me today!www.zealousart.com

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Photo from a team building event Christmas season 2017

Lunch ART Learn

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. ~Plato

 

Location:The Hilton Whistler

Client: Automattic

Number or artists: 45

Event type: Once a year all staff (more than 400 of them) from all over the world meetup in one location for their annual A GM (Automattic Grand Meetup)

We provided the table coverings, easels and all the art supplies.

Our artist, Freda guided the group for two hours step by step in creating their own masterpieces. A custom painting was designed for this group from a few photos Kathryn Presner provided. 

Everyone, whether they have painted before or not did a great job in creating their own masterpieces!

Everyone is always excited about the group photo!

Book a  Lunch ART Learn event for your group today.

Types of events available

1 hour Lunch ART Learn 9 x 12 Canvas

2 hour Lunch ART Learn 12 x 16 stretched canvas

3 hour Lunch ART Learn Team building Collaborative painting / Musical chairs (minimum 8 artists) Max 100!

 

Fill out this form to lean more.


Lunch Art Learn is a division of Zealous Art

My story

I walked about a 1km to get to this interview. I was a little nervous, but when you talk about something you love and with someone so good at what she does,the interview was a breeze! Thank you Adera – You can get to who Adera is and watch more of her videos here.

Painting pARTies have become pART of my life and I love it.  I love what it does to others and I love how it makes me feel to see other enjoy it sooo much.

In the last few years more than 10 000 people have painted with me. I don’t just lead painting pARTies, I help people discover their inner artist.  The benefit of art in our lives are being recognized everyday and I see it happen everyday.

If you would like to discover your inner artist, look around on my website to see what kind of event will work for you.

~freda

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Zealous Art & painting pARTies is a FUN ART STUDIO in Downtown Langley that also offers a top class mobile art pARTy service. Zealous Art can bring the pARTy STUDIO to you.

Zealous Art will transform your space into a pARTy STUDIO when you are ready to book your paint party!

We offer a high quality service that your guests will love! A FUN ART event that is great for Team Buildings, Birthday celebrations, bridal showers or just a girls night in!

Paint Your Pet Paint Nights at Zealous Art!

Paint your Pet Paint Nights!

I will be hosting Paint your Pet Paint Nights at my studio in downtown Langley!!

Tickets are on sale and it is going to sell fast!  Come join the FUN!

Ticket price includes up to 3 hours of art  instruction. All art supplies are provided.  Please send us a photo of your pet (to reach us at least one week before the event) We will draw your pet out on the canvas for you!   This is not a traditional paint night or paint a long where an artist leads in front. Each painting is unique and for that reason we will have artists walking around giving individual guidance.

Find our events on our events page here

We look forward to having you at our studio!

 

A first timer’s guide to paint night at a pub!

Let’s go to a paint night they said… it will be fun they said…

I thought I would do a blog post on what to expect as a first timer at a pub paint night.

Firstly and most importantly:  EXPECT nothing, no paint pARTy is the same and if you have never done it before, expect even less. Just go with an open mind and ENJOY! You are doing this for pure entertainment. Make that your mantra for the evening!

As a paint party instructor, I often hear lines like “Good luck gettin’ me to paint that!”, “I can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler!” or “I can’t even draw a stickman!”  Well, at a paint party there are no rulers in the house, a stickman would probably not be the subject and you will be painting not drawing!  Feelin‘ better yet?  Thank goodness!  No drawing, no lines and no stickman.  Just painting.  Phew! Right? …or as in the case below, maybe no relief yet

I have actually seen this happen; A first time paint party attendee walks in and there in front of them they find a BLANK CANVAS.  There is no picture, no outline, no nothing!  It is pure. It is bright. It is white. It is A BLANK CANVAS! …Pupils dilate, jaws drop and brows lift..Overwhelmed… I actually love that look, because what is about to happen is beautiful!

It’s beautiful because you will fall in love with art!  Sorry! But it is true. Once you are over being overwhelmed and the instructor has taken you step by step through the process of creation, you will have discovered something about yourself. You will go home with a painting you may or may not think is very good (30 other people think it is great!) but the one true thing is that you will look at art differently now that you have actually painted.  Often people will share with me that since they went to a paint pARTy, they now go to galleries more, they enjoy viewing art with new perspective and many say: “We should drink and paint again! When can we do this again?”

Some things that are going happen at a pub Paint Party are:

People are going to judge your art. Yup, it happens. Strangers will come right up to you and tell you… ‘That looks amazing!’ and you are going to think – ‘What have you been smoking??’ But step away from your own project for a minute and go see others’ projects.  You will find their work amazing and you will tell them you think so and by the time you return to yours… you might just see what they see!

People will jovily mock the instructor ‘jaaast liikkkeee that,she says’.

Most people will look like an experienced painter to you and so will you to them…

Sometimes there will be a real artist in the room to show off their skills (this happens more often than you think)  Should said artist make eye contact with you after seeing your painting, just nod and paint on… You got this.

There will be regulars – The regulars love giving advice. Listen to them… they’ve done this before and they love telling everyone how many paintings they have painted.

The lights are going to be inadequate . There is no other way of putting it. Bring a flashlight.  No don’t, people will point and laugh, while they use their phones to light up their canvases. You don’t need bright lights to see what you are doing. I promise.  It is for entertainment only, remember?  Most pubs/bars/restaurant will have low lighting to create the right ambiance for a dinner… you should come early for a dinner. That is always a good idea!

Everyone will paint the same painting!  Well everyone is directed to and it starts out that way but there are those that go completely rogue and paint their own thing and that is ok too!

The instruction is going to be minimal. Don’t expect a fine art lessons. These are FUN art lessons!  Entertainment, remember.  They will tell you which brush to use, how much paint to pick-up, which colour to pickup and even show you how to pick it up Have fun and explore the inner artist that is about to burst out!

DO NOT hand your brush to the instructor, these people are art-addicts you might never get your brush back!

There will be paint splatter. Don’t wear your Versace, Dulce and Cabanna or Burberry to a paint pARTy. You might be a reserved tamed artist, but you have NO IDEA who sits next to you. That friend of yours that dragged your ass to the pARTy, might just be reserved quiet and the best accountant in town, but at night she is a Jackson Pollock  (famous splatter painter – Remember this name, you can use it at the Paint Night… ) Keep your belongings out of splatter reach!

Your food plate will go on your lap!  With the easels, water jar, palette brushes and drinks on the tables… there might not be space for the food. Your lap is now the table. 

Someone is going to drink the paint water!

Someone is going to dip the brush in their drink!

Someone is going to hold all their brushes in one hand!

You will learn who Bob Ross is, just in case you don’t know who he is.

You might run into your mother there! Everyone loves paint pARTies!

A painting is never done, it is just abandoned. True, right? Right??..Sort of…

*The event will have a start and end time… you can not paint to midnight. People want to go home… Sometimes you just have to put the brush down and take your masterpiece home.

We will see you soon!

 

Wine glass painting in the Fraser Valley

Are you social when you paint or do you ‘get in the zone’ like me?

 

WoW! What a season!  Christmas 2017 was my busiest season with more than 1 000 people painting with us since our first Christmas themed painting pARTy this season.  Isn’t that crazy!

In 2011 when I started to do mobile paint pARTIes there was no ‘Paint Nite’ in Canada only after doing some research,  I found US based businesses like Canvas and Cocktails doing paint pARTies. These pARTies were known in the states as ‘speed painting lessons’ and they did them in various locations like schools and restaurants.  About a year or so after I started doing the pARTies did I see local artists and even non artists see the great business opportunity and started offering mobile art pARTies and then Paint Nite entered Canada and wow, now you can pARTy everywhere.  To tell you the truth I love going as much as I like facilitating these pARTies, and I often do. I do find that I am not the greatest person to go with… not that much fun, I get so involved with the painting I don’t socialize. I forget to drink something and if I would order food, I bet it would go home in a take out box!   Are you social when you paint or do you ‘get in the zone’ like me? Let me know…

Something that we now do almost as much as canvas painting is wine glass painting.

The wine glass painting sessions are very different to the canvas painting sessions. We still provide all the art supplies the difference is… if you change your mind on a brush stroke… you just wipe it off and go again… a little easier than a canvas where a few more steps are required to make a change!  I love how creative everyone gets as this is mostly self paced session with an artists around to give basic technique instructions and some guidance. Very social fun event and everyone goes home with a keepsake from what is always a fun event.

You can have a wine glass pARTy  in your home or at your office or you can join a local event.  All you need to do is set up a table like you would for a dinner and we will do the rest. So phone a few friends fill out our contact sheet and lets make your 2018 your most creative year yet!

I would like to wish you and your family the very best for 2018

~freda

Discover your inner artist