Quick Creative Post

Without a post prepared in advance and having just returned from traveling, here are two quick business related items to mention that pertain to art: Innovation and Brainstorming.

I really related to this article Tools for Innovation by Art Markman. No, it’s not just his name that makes it related to art. It’s the process he describes that entrepreneurs and artists use:

The funny thing is, being creative requires using the knowledge you already have. New ideas are often old ideas wrapped in new clothing. This process of finding new outfits for old ideas is called analogy. Analogy is the ability to find similarities in two different areas of knowledge that don’t seem similar on the surface.

This creative process toward discovering a new business solution is what casart coverings is all about — a new kind of wall covering product that revolutionizes the concept of traditional wallpaper. Our wall coverings are different in that they are repositionable, removable and reusable, requiring no messy wallpaper paste. You can decorate seasonally or whenever you want using casart™ as slipcovers for your walls. That’s the “analogy.” I’m the artist who painted the original artwork but then had to find away to make them more user friendly and portable than painting directly on the wall surface, therein casart coverings was born — a perfect solution for interior design, decorating and décor.

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The other business concept that I found interesting is the art of brainstorming that comes from everyday people watching and how this leads to creative inspiration. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve used this without even thinking about it. It’s a fun creative process that comes pretty naturally to most of us. It is best described by Stephanie Orma for the Examiner.

Sorry no Kick-Start-Your-Weekend music but I’ll be back on track next week.

Magazine Inspiration

I have a good excuse to read interior design magazines. They are where I get a lot of inspiration for decorating, design, color, decorative painting, murals and a whole host of other ideas. Here are just a few that I use. My favorites are Veranda, Southern Accents and House and Garden, which sadly has ceased publication.

I often clip pages from these and file in various idea books that I show clients. This helps inspire them too and solidify concepts for projects.

Magazine Inspiration