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.

Another use

I am inspired by innovation and the willingness to persevere. Maybe it’s just the human spirit’s way of surviving but it is most descriptive of the American way. It’s also what I see going on in New Orleans. Every time I’ve been back, there is more progress to be seen. It will take time but the people here find a way to make life better each day even if it’s by little bits.

This article, The Cultural Conversion of Cast-Off Churches, in The Washington Post describes how abandoned churches are being used for other purposes — a cultural arts center, a senior day center, a music club and even condominiums. Yes, it’s sad that these churches are no longer used for religious worship, but it’s refreshing to see these holy spaces are still appreciated and used for practical purposes. They continue, however, to be where communities can come together and still be celebrated.

I love the design and color scheme of the vaulted ceiling and interior of this former St. Cecilia Catholic Church, which is now being used as a senior day center. In many ways, it demonstrates the juxtaposition of the traditional and modern existing simultaneously.

St. Cecilia Catholic Church in New Orleans, now a senior day center.