Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Your Ultimate Playbook for Success: Unlock Your Creative Genius

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am a huge fan of the Big Idea on CNBC. Last night just reaffirmed why I think it's such a great show. The topic was creativity - as you all know something I am quite passionate about.

The show highlighted how to tap into your own creativity plus how creativity is the currency of the future and featured some prominent creativity experts like Robert Epstein and Richard Florida.

One segment even featured the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize encouraging teams to design more fuel efficient cars for a cross country road adventure. The collaborative power of crowds and teams is a new area of creativity that is being explored and something I am extremely interested in too.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Creativity Quote

"Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom while discouragement often nips it at the bud." - - - Alex Osborn

  • How has positive or negative feedback affected your creativity?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Can Animals Be Creative?

(Image Courtesy of the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project)

Have you noticed recently that more dogs are wearing clothes? So, it was only a matter of time until animals became artists. Yes, Congo the chimp was famous in the 1950s for his paintings - Picasso even owned one. But recently, other types of animals from turtles to elephants are dabbling in the arts and painting.

Even horses are getting in on this latest art movement! Buddy, the painting pony was trained to grip a paintbrush in his mouth and later using non-toxic paints created abstract works on canvas. Now, he throws the brush on the ground and gravel and dirt end up on the canvas creating mixed-media works. Sadly, Buddy also suffers from a hormonal disorder so profits from his paintings are used for his treatment as well as donated to further research on the disorder.

Can animals be creative? Is art defined by intent or what is produced? All of these animal artists, as expressed through their human companions, are believed to be enjoying the process of creating and and even look forward to the next opportunity to paint.
  • Thoughts?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Free (And Not So Free) Art Events

As I've mentioned before, summer, here in Cleveland, is my favorite season for the arts. There are so many festivals and art walks that there is no excuse for not getting out and visiting a least one to see what the local scene has to offer. I promise you'll be pleasantly surprised. Here's a sampling:


Murray Hill Art Walk
June 6 -8

Parade the Circle
June 14: 11 am - 4 pm

Clifton Arts & Music Festival
June 21: 10 am - 6 pm

Boston Mills Artfest I
June 27 -28: 10 am - 6pm


St. John West Shore Hospital Festival of the Arts
July 11 - 13

Cain Park Art Festival
July 11 -13

Chagrin Falls Annual Art Walk
July 17 - 18

Ingenuity Festival of Art & Technology
July 25 - 27

Waterloo Arts Festival
July 28: 11 am - 7 pm


Lakewood Arts Festival
August 2: 10 am - 6 pm

City Xpressionz Aerosol & Urban Art Festival
August 16
  • See you there!