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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?

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.


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!


Art Night with Shape Your World Society: Total Makeover Challenge

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to host a pArty for the lovely ladies from Shape Your World Society: Total Makeover Challenge. 

To give you a bit of an idea of what and who they are:  “Shape Your World Society was founded January 17, 2011.   It is a Non-Profit Organization whose mission is to help women and their families.  Shape Your World Society offers a variety of workshops and seminars, and they also manage the Total Makeover Challenge in Abbotsford and Langley.”

“The purposes of Shape Your World Society: – To educate and support the emotional, physical and financial well-being of women and their families through workshops, seminars, and programs which shall include: (a) A 20 week makeover program that includes nutritional information education, fitness education, financial literacy and personal growth opportunities. (b) Weekend seminars for overall well-being (c) Weekend seminars for personal / career goals (d) Health & nutrition workshops (e) Family safety programs (f) Personal growth seminars.”

I was a great honour to sponsor this event! They all arrived promptly at 6 pm – began to each weigh in, measure and talked about the tough week they all had over Easter long weekend.

Finally at 7 pm the magic started happening. All the ladies put their serious and funny painting faces on, shared in their triumphs and pitfalls of their challenge, all the while creating beautiful pieces of art. I was honored to host such a wonderful group of ladies in the Fraser Valley community.

Congrats ladies for all your hard work!

50 Bob Ross Quotes to lift your spirit

  1. “There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.”
  2. “The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.”
  3. “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”
  4. “I think there’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us.”
  5. “You too can paint almighty pictures.”
  6. “No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen.”
  7. “Don’t forget to make all these little things individuals — all of them special in their own way.”
  8. “Find freedom on this canvas.”
  9. “It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.”
  10. “Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.”
  11. “Make love to the canvas.”
  12. “[Painting] will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.”
  13. “We artists are a different breed of people. We’re a happy bunch.”
  14. “We want happy paintings. Happy paintings. If you want sad things, watch the news.”
  15. “That’s a crooked tree. We’ll send him to Washington.”
  16. “Every day is a good day when you paint.”
  17. “I think each of us, sometime in our life, has wanted to paint a picture.”
  18. “We tell people sometimes: We’re like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn’t take much to get you addicted.”
  19. “They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers — just to upset the critics.”
  20. “Gotta give him a friend. Like I always say, ‘Everyone needs a friend.’”
  21. “See how it fades right into nothing. That’s just what you’re looking for.”
  22. “If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is.”
  23. “Water’s like me. It’s lazy. Boy, it always looks for the easiest way to do things.”
  24. “In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage.”
  25. “Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you.”
  26. “Didn’t you know you had that much power? You can move mountains. You can do anything.”
  27. “I like to beat the brush.”
  28. “Just let go — and fall like a little waterfall.”
  29. “Talk to the tree, make friends with it.”
  30. “I taught my son to paint mountains like these, and guess what? Now he paints the best darn mountains in the industry.”
  31. “I really believe that if you practice enough you could paint the ‘Mona Lisa’ with a two-inch brush.”
  32. “Be so very light. Be a gentle whisper.”
  33. “Use absolutely no pressure. Just like an angel’s wing.”
  34. “You need the dark in order to show the light.”
  35. “You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.”
  36. “You have to allow the paint to break to make it beautiful.”
  37. “However you think it should be, that’s exactly how it should be.”
  38. “In nature, dead trees are just as normal as live trees.”
  39. “You can have anything you want in the world — once you help everyone around you get what they want.”
  40. “If you do too much, it’s going to lose its effectiveness.”
  41. “This is happy place; little squirrels live here and play.”
  42. “That’s where the crows will sit. But we’ll have to put an elevator to put them up there because they can’t fly, but they don’t know that, so they still try.”
  43. “Remember how free clouds are. They just lay around in the sky all day long.”
  44. “We don’t really know where this goes — and I’m not sure we really care.”
  45. “If we’re going to have animals around we all have to be concerned about them and take care of them.”
  46. “You can do anything here — the only prerequisite is that it makes you happy.”
  47. “Go out on a limb — that’s where the fruit is.”
  48. “Isn’t it fantastic that you can change your mind and create all these happy things?”
  49. “Anytime you learn, you gain.”
  50. “It’s life. It’s interesting. It’s fun.”

Contact us if you would like a Bob Ross Paint pARTy at your home!  

Outdoor painting

Out door painting pARTies are just the best thing since sliced bread!  13669258_1530922496972474_8271525808724275939_o


Allow us to transform your space into a pARTy studio!

All you need to do is invite the guests, cool the wine, turn up the music and we do the rest!

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

We service the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas including Whistler and surrounding areas.  (Traveling fees may apply)

Up to 2 hours of art instruction and we will provide Table coverings, Aprons, Easels for everyone and use of our art supplies.  You choose the theme for your pARTy.

Suggested for ages 12+

Canvas Painting pARTy

$350 for up to 10 people  (12 x 16 canvas)
$35 for additional artists (+GST)
Up to 2 hours of art instruction. Traveling fees may apply

Paint your Pet’s portrait

$390 for up to 6 people. I draw your pet and guide you step by step to paint it!   $65 p person.
Up to 3 hours of art instruction. Traveling fees may apply

Wine glass painting pARTy

$350 for up to 10 people  (2 wine glasses each)
$35 for additional artists (+GST)
Up to 2 hours of art instruction. Traveling fees may apply

Click on the links above to learn about each pARTy or just fill out the form below.  

We will get back to you within 24 business hours, if we don’t call us and check on us… something must be wrong! 




April 16 – Chances Playtime Casino




ZealousArt has teamed up with I’mPossible events to bring you this Paint Night at Chances Casino!

Grab your friends, significant other or come solo to be amazed by your inner artist!

Join us for a fun night out, meet new people and leave with your own materpiece.

*Canvas and all paint supplies included.
*Appies and drinks available for purchase.

This event is for ages 19+

Chances Playtime Casino – 30835 Peardonville Road, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6K2, Canada – View Map



to get your tickets


March 24 – Cotton Candy – The Loft studio


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(Only 3 tickets left (updated March 18 10:40pm)


A beautiful girl named this horse,  and her name is …

drum roll….

Cotton Candy! How adorable is she!  Does her name not suite her well!!

Let the kids paint her at The Loft Studio on March 24th between 12 and 2pm!


20458 Fraser Highway Downtown Langley (on the one way)

Ages 7 – 12

$30 for a 12 x 16 canvas!

2 hours of instruction and they go home with a lovely painting!