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engaged as they try to figure out what
I’m doing. That’s exactly the method
to my madness: I do the illustration
first because it captures their attention. Now they are ready to learn from
what I have to say. When the painting is finished, then I make my formal
presentation, closing with the thought
that in all they do, they need to autograph with excellence. And then I
sign my name to the canvas and I exit.
Throughout the whole production, one
goal is foremost in my mind: Deliver a
Tailoring the product to the client is
another key factor, and I do that quite
literally. When organizations bring me
in, I strive to leave behind a work that
reflects their values or the event’s theme,
or perhaps incorporating their logo. The
client always retains the original artwork,
and it’s always a thrill to see how it is
used. They might hang it in their corporate offices as a visual to complement
their mission statement; other times, it
serves as the backdrop of a photo shoot
at the end of the conference. And on
occasion, the piece is auctioned off to
raise money for a foundation or local
charity. It’s a win either way.
Everyone is creative to some degree,
but even artists struggle with creativity.
We all hit our creative wall or plateau.
We don’t give ourselves permission to
accept what could be. We get stuck in
a rut, focusing on what is, and even
what “can’t be.” There’s that incessant little voice that whispers, “You
can’t do that. It can’t be done.” We
pile up excuses as to why we can’t test
groundbreaking methods, styles or phi-losophies. And it is at precisely this
point that we become stymied.
Of course, that doesn’t just apply to
the arts. The same stages in the creative
process can be accessed in problem
solving, innovation, and even life
transitions. Some of the stages are challenging. Some can be fun; others are
scary and exhausting. But the ultimate
payoff is worth the effort.
I challenge anyone reading this, as I
challenge my audiences, to give yourself
permission to let go. Destroy your bad
habits, negative energy and routines.
Allow yourself to shake it up. And yes,
no matter how tight-laced you are by
nature, every once in a while, embrace
your inner rebel.