Leadership is about creating freedom

Letting go

It’s not about manipulation, like most leaders think

But good leadership inspires people

The desire for control is common

Executives want control in business

Parents want control of children

Artists want control of the creative process

But there comes a time when we must do one thing

LET GO

Here’s the main point of the article….

Point 1. Letting go is essential to successful growth and inspiring leadership

It is impossible to control everything

Astonishingly, with the right conditions, people grow by themselves. Like a tree

Quality leadership and growth shines light in the darkness

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‘Aireys Lighthouse’ by Simon Brushfield (2004) Acrylic, Oil & Charcoal on canvas. 1m x 80cm $3200

However, it’s sometimes difficult to let go

Especially in leadership

But we must surrender

Becasue it builds confidence in followers

Plus, life can become extremely frustrating holding on tightly when in leadership

It’s simply not natural

Here’s the reason why…

Point 2. The energy needed for surrender is much less and accomplishes infinitely more, than the energy needed for control

Furthermore, too much control stifles people’s growth

Plus, it promotes laziness

And irresponsibility

Individuals need a sense of freedom and responsibility to grow

Only then will they gladly give their best performance

Natural motivation

In leadership, it’s really quite simple

Here’s the truth about human beings

Point 3. For best results a person needs to feel happy and relaxed

If an authority figure has too much control, we become demotivated and confused

Even worse, we become irresponsible

This can be a challenge, a balancing act for leaders

For me, leadership is all about not being attached to a specific outcome that must be controlled

It’s very clear… (and a little weird)

Point 4. I’m not in control of my creativity or my life

It’s true

Likewise, when I create an original painting, I totally surrender to the creative process

There’s no other option

For my abstract art to be successful, I must let go and let the paint fall naturally on the canvas of an original painting

Eucalypt painting by Simon Brushfield Leadership and Creativity: The Freedom in Letting Go

‘Eucalypt’ (2001) by Simon Brushfield Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 1.8m x 1.4m (Sold: Private Acquisition)

The same for my life

To achieve natural results, and manifest the organic growth I want, there’s one thing I must do

Nothing

Just let go

That’s true leadership

Zen Buddhism teaches the mind should become like an empty rice bowl

Who knows how things will turn out?

Here’s the great benefit of letting go…

Point 5. Surrendering control refreshes the spirit

I like what Jesus said about this concept

“Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will keep it.”

Losing control is truthful and honest

It’s beautiful too

Because we’re never totally in control in the first place

Especially creating original abstract art

Accepting this reality creates freedom

It lifts a heavy burden from people

And produces a joyful natural motivation

Breathing space

Plus there’s an added bonus

It’s exciting

Things might become a little confusing at times, but here’s my experience

Point 6. With a little faith everything eventually works out fine

Writing this creative article is a perfect example

I felt led to write these words

When I began the creative process of writing, all I had was a few words

An idea

About leadership

But once the creative seed was planted in the ground, it contained the amazing potential to grow by itself

Words and ideas came effortlessly

All without human control

But like my original art, I needed to let go first

Allow myself to be led by the creative spirit

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‘Coral Fish’ by Simon Brushfield (2011) Acrylic on canvas 1.2m x 1.2m (Private Acquisition: Indonesia)

This creative process produces delicious fruit that people enjoy consuming

No need for behind the scenes manipulative power plays

Or unproductive gossip

Growth occurs naturally, like healthy plant life. By itself

True leaders are not highly skilled individuals at manipulative, behind the scenes, power games

Point 7. Quality leaders are led by the creative desire to see people to grow and flourish

With wisdom, they trust people

Granting genuine freedom and responsibility

It inspires people through a style of leadership based upon trust

This calls for the ‘empty rice bowl’ approach

A little courage and some creative thinking

Rather than imprisoning others through a myriad of deceptively authoritative ways, successful leaders empower individuals

Giving them one very special gift

A deeper understanding of the authority in themselves

Motivating people to use their creativity, in unique and powerful ways

Not for their own financial advantage

But for love

And the privilege of being a leader

Inspiring personal growth

At every possible opportunity

© Copyright Simon Brushfield – Leadership and Creativity: The Freedom in Letting Go

Original Painting: Aristotle teaches Perfection in Work

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Creativity is turning suffering into creative inspiration

Creativity is fun

Suffering is not

But pain is unavoidable in life

Human beings encounter suffering everyday on a variety of levels

This article shows how to deal with pain and suffering, as creativity is often closely linked

One of the most famous original paintings that express human suffering in modern art, is the painting below titled ‘The Scream’.

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‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch (1893) Oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard. 91 cm × 73.5 cm National Gallery, Oslo, Norway

Munch was a true leader of the avante-garde art scene. He approached life differently

But as the artist grew older, Edvard Munch felt insanity slowly encroaching and infecting his mind

His personal suffering came in a propensity towards madness

Edvard Munch experienced painfully terrifying nightmares and evil visions of the macabre, which significantly influenced his original paintings.

He suffered a mental breakdown when the anxiety and hallucinations became overwhelmingly intense.

Point 1. The creative process of producing art has the potential power to heal mental and emotion problems.

Creativity is turning dark painful nights, into bright beautiful days, full of creative inspiration.

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‘Moonlight over The Opera House’ by Simon Brushfield (2005) Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 1m x 1m (Sold: Private Acquisition)

But it takes time. Creativity is all about perseverance and courage to face the pain, confront the core issues and then move forward with greater understanding.

When someone faces suffering and deals successfully with personal pain, their confidence and creativity flourishes

Like Edvard Munch, after psychiatric therapy, his mental suffering began to dissipate and his original paintings returned to a positive direction.

Creativity is often the transfer or joining of two extremes in life

This post shows how to turn personal pain into creative inspiration, just like the giants of modern art, such as Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gaughin.

Point 2. Suffering helps creative people develop wisdom, strength and perseverance.

Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher, once said there are 3 main methods by which people learn wisdom.

1. By reflection – which is the noblest
2. By imitation – which is the easiest
3. By experience – which is the most bitter

All the major religions have much to say about human suffering.

Most draw the conclusion that suffering is an inescapable fact of life

However, if handled correctly, the rewards are great

In fact, the Bible states that human beings are destined to suffer

But here’s the up side…

Point 3. Sadness has a refining influence upon us.

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‘Bright Beautiful Day’ by Simon Brushfield (2002) Acrylic on board. 100cm x 80cm (Sold: Private acquisition)

Point 4. After a time of incubation, personal suffering can result in liberty and a passionate outburst of creative self-expression.

But we need to suffer wisely – then it becomes an empowering experience. Helping us to move forward, rather than wallowing in grief and self-pity forever.

Many great artists experience bouts of debilitating depression and melancholia like Vincent Van Gogh.

Also, the influential French artist, Paul Gaugin (1848–1903) at one point attempted suicide, due to suffering from severe bouts of hopelessness and despair.

Point 5. A wonderful truth about the creative spirit – it can flourish despite adversity.

Creativity is often born from personal pain and can be a powerful, emotionally rich form of self-expression.

The process of working through issues to express suffering succinctly is an invaluable healing experience for artists and creative people.

Many great masterpieces in the history of art, come from the artist’s experience of suffering

Creativity is all about communicating to an audience that can easily relate to an idea, in this case suffering

“Deep Confusion” by Simon Brushfield (2001) Acrylic on Canvas 50cm x 40cm Unframed $850

Michelangelo (1475–1564) also struggled with depression and serious mental illness. In fact the effects of his mental disturbance is evidenced in many of his original paintings.

Here’s what psychologists have discovered about finding relief from non-physical pain…

Point 6. Helping other people, who might be suffering more, brings miraculous healing and rejuvenation to the spirit.

Sensitive creative people need a successful strategy for dealing with suffering in their lives. Otherwise, the pain can become overwhelming.

The great modern artist Paul Cezanne once said, “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art”.

The famous Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, taught about humanities collective unconscious. He proclaimed that tapping into the unconscious adds to the richness and character of a person’s creative output.

Therefore, people understand an archetypal storyline more easily because it’s common to all of humanity. Many successful movies are developed upon this premise, because it enhances the power of a creative message.

Most people understand and have experienced before the painful feelings associated with human suffering.

Final Point: Thankfully creative people are not alone, we’re working through the difficulties of life together.

© Copyright Simon Brushfield – Creativity is turning suffering into creative inspiration

Master painters have great discipline

Painting like a master takes decades of patient practice

Developing a high level of artistic skill takes much experience and self confidence .

To improve artwork and make an original painting look like it has a master’s touch, there are some essential areas artists must focus upon.

Michelangelo was indeed a master artist.

His original painting below titled ‘The Creation of Adam’ was placed onto the ceiling of a church.

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‘Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo – ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Rome, 1508-1512, fresco

It’s one of the most famous original paintings in the world, located in Vatican City, Italy.

God reaches from heaven to touch the finger of man. To animate Adam’s listless body, through his holy spirit in the Garden of Eden.

This article outlines six important creative approaches used by master artists like Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Picasso , Turner, and DaVinci that modern artists can use today to improve their original paintings.

Firstly, all five artists had one very important common trait.

They cared deeply about their craft.

Point 1. A master artist is passionate about art and works constantly to refine their creative skill.

Michelangelo achieved technical mastery in 3 different creative disciplines, original painting, sculpture and architecture.

Due to his love for sculpture, Michelangelo established a new style for his time, which produced a 3 dimensional sculptural feel in his paintings.

From the time Michelangelo signed the contract in 1508, it took him 4 years to complete masterful painting over the ceilings and walls.

He endured many hardships and completed the massive task alone. Being a master painter is no easy task. He spent extremely long hours standing upright, upon dangerously high fragile scaffolding, awkwardly reaching above his head to paint the ceiling.

Point 2. A master artist understands it takes great patience, determination and persistence to finish difficult creative projects.

Rembrandt was also a renowned artist. He lived in Amsterdam, the commercial epicenter of Europe during the 1600’s.

He was a master at capturing unique lighting effects upon his subjects in original paintings.

Rembrandt used strong contrasts of light upon dark, focusing viewer’s attention towards areas of the canvas that created dramatic interest and mood.

Rembrandt used the visual tool of contrast to maximum effect in his original art.

His masterful skill of gentle warm light meant that Rembrandt was able to powerfully depict emotions on his subject’s faces. Even portraying inanimate objects with subtle emotion.

Point 3. Rembrandt had an innate ability to express compassion for people in his original paintings.

Completed in 1969, the self-portrait original painting below is the master Rembrandt during old age. Visually, he expresses an acceptance of what life had dealt him.

Without defeat or bitterness, but with compassion for fellow man, he accepts the reality of his tumultuous creative life.

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‘Self-portrait’ painted by Rembrandt around 1665 – 1669 (last years of his life). In Kenwood House, Hampstead, London. ©Wikimedia Commons image

Point 4. A master artist uses contrasts in paintings for dramatic impact and visual effect.

William Turner (1775 –1851) was a master at capturing atmospheric feeling in his original paintings.

He was an English romantic landscape painter whose original paintings contain a spirit of freedom and intangible beauty.

Turner helped set the foundations of abstract art.

Producing fascinating cloud formations that created their own textural vitality and esoteric meaning.

He painted everyday landscapes but achieved an extraordinary mysterious quality in original paintings, capturing the ocean, land and sky in unique ways.

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“Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway” (1844) by William Turner Oil on canvas 91 × 121.8 cm, Turner Bequest, 1856, ©Creative Commons image

Turner experienced his own personal feelings through the moods of nature

He had a deep appreciation of nature and was early to foresee the destructive dangers of the industrial revolution upon our natural environment

His romantic art was achieved by adding many layers of colour and texture. Producing a translucent multi dimensional character to his original paintings.

Point 5. A master artist depicts an atmosphere in a painting. Adding romance and a unique untouchable mystery to a piece of art.

Picasso was a master artist who helped form western civilisations understanding of modern art. He wasn’t afraid to leap into the unknown and achieve astounding creative results in his original paintings.

Picasso had great imagination and possessed the courage to follow his heart and establish innovative art movements. Cubism signalled an important breakthrough in the history of modern art.

In visual terms, cubism expressed a machine like character, synonymous with the industrial revolution.

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‘Cubist Sydney Tower’ by Simon Brushfield (2005) Oil, Acrylic and Charcoal on board 80cm x 60cm (Sold: Private European Acquisition)

Picasso’s strength of imagination was unlimited and sometimes used his art as an anti- war statement.

He allowed the subject matter to take it’s own creative emotional direction and flow with the historical progress happening at the time.

He was a passionate master who constantly pushed the boundaries of modern art. Which led Picasso into an extraordinarily prolific career producing original art.

Point 6. A master artist allows human emotion and imagination to take flight without imposing rational constraints upon the creative process.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s creative life was incredibly diverse

Avoiding boredom, he sought different projects to keep his creative mind stimulated. Da Vinci was interested in absolutely everything.

Leonardo not only mastered the fine art of painting, but also reinvented himself with a large variety of fascinating engineering and scientific projects, whereby he employed his skill of drawing.

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Leonardo’s scientific study of the human arm muscles from his sketchbook

He claimed to have dissected over 30 human bodies and recorded his findings with minute scientific accuracy. He also analysed the human nervous system and foetus in the womb with intricate detail.

Leonardo’s curiosity led him to incredible discoveries ranging from engineering, philosophy, manpowered flight, weapons of war, human anatomy even town planning.

Final Point. A master artist lives a life of diverse experiences and interesting projects adding to the richness and character of their original art .

© Copyright Simon Brushfield – Master Original Painting: How to paint like a master artist

Originality: The secret to becoming an amazingly original human being

Original people are often highly valued

If they are wise with money

And Creativity is valued by some people more than others

Despite the indifference, creative originality continues to rise in importance today

Society needs original ideas, more so than ever, to conquer bigger problems

Here’s the simple secret…

Point 1. Originality is what people desire most because it’s special and unique

The value of creativity has been on a steady rise ever since the beginning of the Renaissance around the 1500’s

The Renaissance was a time of incredible accomplishments, achieved through the amazing creative exploits of man

Artists like Leonardo Da Vinci produced breathtakingly original ideas, extremely innovative for the time

He was one of a kind

Pictured below is Leonardo’s sketchbook drawing of his ‘Ornithopter’ which is believed to have inspired the modern helicopter

Leonardo Davinci’s flying machine called the ‘Ornithopter’ discovered in his personal sketchbooks from centuries ago

Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketchbooks display an incredibly original artist. Never before in the history of the world had his ideas been conceived.

The Renaissance was truly an exciting time for original thinkers, a golden era for humanity, where the creativity of man grew to glorious heights.

Here’s the main point of this article…

Point 2. We’re now living in another golden era for mankind

Technology has ushered in another spectacular burst of creativity

Similar to the Renaissance, originality and creativity is again on centre stage

The internet advances the power of creativity

Being original has greater significance now than ever before, even more so than in Renaissance times

Here’s the secret reason why….

Point 3. Our world is fast becoming standardised due to globalisation

What is mankind in the greatest danger of losing because of globalisation?

Originality

Beautiful ancient cultures and unique native customs are being overcome by the rising tide of globalisation

The enemy is standardisation

‘Australian Rural Landscape’ by Simon Brushfield (2003) Acrylic, oil, wheat on canvas 1.4m x 1.8m (Sold: Private Acquisition)

But Leonardo’s passion for creativity knew no limits

He was unique

At any one time DaVinci was focussed upon a variety of major projects ranging from revolutionary fine art masterpieces, to human anatomy, geology, town planning, weapons of war, even man powered flight

Warhol was another original thinker – one of a kind

Point 4. Andy Warhol understood the value of an original idea when building his creative brand

In fact, by 1955 America, in particular New York, was copying much of Andy Warhol’s innovative creative style

One of Warhol’s most famous original pieces of art was that of his favourite lunch – a Campbell’s soup can

A very original and highly relevant idea for the growing consumerism of his time

It was his ideas that captured the essence of popular culture during the 1960′s and formed the influential movement ‘Pop Art’

Andy Warhol elevated the everyday scene into an artefact of high culture

And people wanted more of his unique originality

Small Torn Campbell’s Soup Can (Pepper Pot), 1962, Andy Warhol, casein and graphite on canvas, 20 inches x 16 inches, The Eli Broad collection, Los Angeles, CA

In May 2006 the painting sold for $11.8 million

Here’s what Andy Warhol knew that very few people understood

Successful creative people understand this one secret very well…

Point 5. The importance of being original and different in a crowded marketplace is essential

Like Andy Warhol, the founder of Apple Corporation Steve Jobs, also valued originality and creativity in business

Apple is a multinational company that prides itself upon originality, style and amazing innovation

Like Warhol, Steve Jobs built a hugely successful commercial brand and is famously recognized as the charismatic visionary leader of modern computer technology

He understood the power of a unique idea, inspiring a successful marketing campaign with the original slogan – ‘Think Different’

At the death of Steve Jobs, Apple released a statement praising the originality of their once highly creative business leader saying…

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy was the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives.… Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.”

Final Point. Everybody is incredibly unique and extremely original.

Out of the billions of people, there is not one person on earth the same as you

You are one of a kind

But here’s the problem….

In the hard and fast world of global standardisation, it takes great courage to follow your unique originality.

However, things have not changed since the Renaissance.

If you want to be an amazing human being, there’s one thing you must do….

Be Original.

© Copyright Simon Brushfield – Originality: The secret to becoming an amazingly original human being

Creative Risks: The fine art of risk taking

I love risk taking

Well thought out risks

Picasso was a huge risk taker

He constantly challenged society and opened his life to artistic adventure

Enraging critics by his incredibly creative fine art and unique perception on life

This article is for anybody who wants to live a more creative life and develop the fine art of risk taking

People often think my decisions are sometimes crazy, totally unconventional. But here’s the truth of the matter

Point 1. Creativity is about taking risks and being unconventional

Educated risks help our creativity flourish and provide a life of fulfilment

Meaningful risks help us to feel passionate and alive again, as we realize our dreams

At the time he created this painting, Picasso was filled with fury and inspired to produce the political artwork below titled ‘Guernica’, now a world famous anti-war statement. Incredibly unconventional for its time.

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‘Guernica‘ (1937) Pablo Picasso. Oil on canvas Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid 349 cm × 776 cm

Never before had an abstract painting been used to warn the world of the evil dangers of fascism. He took a political risk and confronted evil through original art

Generally speaking, Picasso’s influence upon modern art was profound

Point 2. Much of Picasso’s success comes from being a risk taker

Most parents would prefer their child followed a safe mainstream occupation, with a predictable income and boring daily routine. Rather than becoming a risky unpredictable artist

But the boring life is not for creative people

Boredom is the antidote for creativity and risk taking

When painting, I never really know how an abstract painting will turn out. It could be a disaster, or an astounding success.

But that’s true about life. Isn’t it?

Point 3. Life is a continual risk, just like creativity

The only certainty on earth is change

Most people think there is zero security following an art career

But that’s simply not true

Yes, there would be no security for a dentist to suddenly become an artist. That would be foolish

But the ultimate security in life is only found when people become the person that God designed them to be. This builds confidence .

Point 4. There’s very little risk in being true to ourselves.

But there is great risk in trying to be someone we’re not. In fact, it’s very dangerous to a persons health and well being.

Here’s 5 things that can happen when people are not true to themselves…

1. People risk exhaustion & insomnia
2. People risk personal stress & unhappiness
3. People risk being consumed by unrelenting fear
4. People risk experiencing rejection & low self confidence
5. People risk life becoming a tiresome struggle

But taking the risk and being true to oneself means relaxation. Going with the natural flow of life, which is how I created the painting below. I love the ocean.

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‘Ocean Depth’ by Simon Brushfield (2010) Acrylic & Oil on paper 80cm x 100cm      (For Sale $2,200)

Here’s the main reason why some people see following their true love as a huge risk….

Point 5. Because, not many people understand who they really are

Unfortunately, most people lack the courage to take a risk and follow their heart, doing what they love for 2 main reasons

1. People don’t know what they’re meant to be doing
2. Fear stops people from doing what they love

Henri Matisse was an artist who epitomised being true to himself and following his heart

He took the risk of being misunderstood by the majority of mainstream people

Despite heavy criticism heaped upon his fine art, Matisse pursued an uncompromising path of beauty that most people of the time, didn’t understand.

Point 6. Matisse’s risk taking led him to become the ‘founding father of modern art’.

Matisse’s use of colour was extraordinary and his line work exceptional. His fine art had never been attempted before in the history of fine art.

The painting below caused great upheavel during the early 1900′s.

People were revolted by the weird colours and ugly distortion in ‘The Joy of Life”. The public were used to seeing more traditional and realistic scenes in paintings.

People didn’t need an imagination to appreciate an artists work in the olden days. It was a huge risk for Matisse. To step out from the mainstream comfort zone and receive the hostile abuse from common man.

But today, artists benefit in a myriad of ways from the influence of Matisse’s unique imagination.

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‘The Joy of Life’ by Henri Matisse (1905) Oil on Canvas 175 x 241cm The Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania, USA

I certainly don’t want to get to the end of my life and think, “I should have taken more risks and done what I love.”

Whilst we’re alive, there’s still an opportunity to take those important risks

So I encourage you to take whatever risk is necessary to experience total fulfilment in life

Final Point: Taking risks is essential to living a creative life full of excitement, curiosity and wonder

Do what you love

But prepare yourself. You will be guaranteed to meet two teachers along the path. Success and Failure

Take the risk

It’s worth the journey

Here’s what I predict will happen…

You will fall in love again

© Copyright Simon Brushfield – Creative Risks: Fine art of risk taking

Creative Life: How to live the best creative life possible

Here’s 7 simple points for your creative life to help maximize your unique creativity .

And really make dreams come true.

American artist Hugh MacLeod creates original art cartoons. He recommends ignoring everybody.

To be genuinely creative means following instincts and not worrying about what other people think. Especially when creating unique original art .

But this article applies to all walks of a creative life.

Because everyone is creative.

However, some people don’t realize it.

Point 1. Often intuitive creativity goes against what everybody else thinks is right.

Like a salmon fish swimming up the stream of rapids, sometimes living the best creative life means spending some time swimming in rough water. Going against the flow of the mainstream current.

But it’s definitely worth the struggle.

‘Lovers’ Simon Brushfield (2012) Acrylic, Oil and charcoal on paper. 210 x 148 mm unframed $400

The famous philosopher Plato also gave some great advice to living the best creative life possible. And it’s stood the test of time.

Again, this can be challenging, but it’s highly recommended to begin a lifelong process of learning. It will help develop a more effective and powerful creative individual.

Point 2. There are most definitely no short cuts.

Many creative people are late bloomers and take a long time for their innovative ideas to develop and flourish.

Winston Churchill failed high school three times, but many years later as British Prime Minister, he led the free world to victory in World War II. He also took up painting fine art very late in life.

Gaining a deeper understanding about our creative selves is great, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes.

But then it’s equally important to understand how other people are motivated and how we fit into the bigger creative picture .

Upon discovering who we really are, the next challenge is to trust ourselves and the decisions we make everyday.

I mean really trust in what’s right. Even if everybody else disagrees.

If we don’t fully believe in ourselves, nobody else will either. –

Point 3. Relating well to other people helps us live our best creative life.

When relating to other people it’s important to guard your heart. Andy Warhol was a master at guarding his heart. He manufactured an enigmatic, aloof personality the media and general public couldn’t get near.

Out of the heart flow love, creative ideas and wisdom that is a persons livelihood. Beware of giving away too much wisdom, energy or love without receiving anything back.

This will destroy your creative life and lead to burn out, very quickly.

The original art below captures my love for hands and the important role they play in creating my fine art.

‘Character’ by Simon Brushfield (1999) Oil, Acrylic and ink on paper 210 x 148 mm    Unframed $400

If our creativity is growing and we’re successfully moving forward, the people going backwards will most probably be hateful towards us. That’s normal. Take it as a compliment!

Point 4. Accept the fact that not everybody is going to love you.

This may challenge the sensitive creative personality, but some people, even those nearby, could be the enemy.

Beware and avoid the pitfalls of vengeful peers, just like Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci , who held an intense dislike for each other.

However, search for people to do your best work together. More and more creative people are collaborating over the internet. Therefore, it’s vitally important to discover like minds in a tribe.

Point 5. It’s guaranteed… other people are needed to achieve a person’s dreams.

Some creative people do their best work in solitude, but that’s rare. Like a jigsaw piece, we are all designed to fit into the shape of other people. There will come a time when other people are needed to collaborate on an important project.

On those occasions, to live a successful creative life, it’s wise to learn how to relate well to other people and figure out which shapes of the jigsaw go where?

Understand the limitations and obstacles placed along the path and develop strategies to work around those constraints. All relationships have difficulties, even the loving couple in my original art painting below.

‘Little Dancers’ by Simon Brushfield (2007) Acrylic & Oil on board 80cm x 60cm (Sold: Private Acquisition)

The wise creative person will always find a unique and thoughtful way to do what is right, without harming or stepping over people around or beneath them.

Point 6. Captivate an audience with unique brilliance and forget looking at other people to compete with them.

There is no need to compete when an individual is incredibly unique. When a person does the best they can, competition becomes futile.

So cultivate and heighten sensitivity to the surrounding environment, without fear of what others are doing. An essential element in a uniquely creative character.

Top creative individuals, like , are often highly sensitive people, who care deeply about what happens around them. Sensitivity is what makes their creative work great.

But protect this vulnerablity with a tough skin, resistant to brutal rejection and cruel criticism that will arrive at some point in the future.

Final Point. Never give up on that special dream for your creative life.

Finally, for me the biggest change in my life happened in the year 2000. Enabling my creative life to take-off like a rocket. It was an unexpected supernatural experience in a series of dreams.

Jesus turned my world upside down and my creative life has grown exponentially ever since.

So, to truly live the best creative life possible, I recommend hanging out with Jesus.

© Copyright Simon Brushfield – Creative Life: How to live the best creative life possible

Hand Drawing: Beautiful Original painting of a hand

‘Character’ by Simon Brushfield (1999) Oil, Acrylic and ink on paper 210 x 148 mm Unframed $400

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Andy Warhol: Original Art, Brand Building and Social Media

Andy Warhol is pop art.

He remains one of Modern Art’s most influential and enigmatic artists.

A brand building genius and social networking master.

After his successful career as a graphic artist illustrating women’s shoes for Vogue magazine, Warhol saw an opportunity and turned to fine art.

Point 1. Warhol knew how to build a brand from a commercial perspective.

He was a large contributor to the postmodern collapse of boundaries, between cultures and also a strong contributor to the proliferation of images in contemporary society.

Warhol plays a large role in the history of modern art. With strong remnants of an advertising background found in his original art which feature many images from popular culture.

Point 2. Andy Warhol was a skilled socialite with a sharp eye for spotting popular cultural & consumer trends in America.

Ahead of his time, and pointing towards the social media movement, Warhol documented his daily activities on a hand held device using 3,400 audiotapes, capturing the intricacies of the New York creative scene during the 1960’s.

These personal notes were later transcribed to become ‘ The Warhol Diaries ’.

Warhol was a master at cultivating his own celebrity profile. Which continues to grow in popularity today. He was adept with social media during his time, fascinated by fame and once insightfully said about the future…

“everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes.”

The original art below was inspired by an appreciation for Andy Warhol and the Pop Art movement. It expresses the complexity of modern life and multiple identities in popular culture.

‘Popular Culture’ by Simon Brushfield (1999) Acrylic and Pencil on paper 21cm x 29cm Unframed $450

Andy Warhol’s first big breakthrough happened with Glamour Magazine in 1949.

He also worked for famous brands like Harper’s Bazaar, NBC, Tiffany’s and Vogue before his Pop art career began to flourish.

Point 3. Andy Warhol’s fame began by piggybacking famous celebrities and creating artwork for successful publications in New York.

He became known early in his career for stylish elegant line drawing’s however, this developed into illustrations of popular commercial objects such as cocoa cola bottles and screen printing celebrity faces like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Liz Taylor.

Strangely, Warhol wanted to be a machine.

Point 4. Andy Warhol didn’t like the fragility and vulnerability of human emotions .

Emulating the machine also meant he could become more proficient and produce larger quantities of art using his finely developed screen-printing process.

By 1955 New York was copying much of Warhol’s innovative creative style.

Andy was not interested in painting landscapes , but probably his most famous original art piece was about his favourite lunch – a Campbell’s soup can.

“Andy Warhol, American, 1928-1987, Campbells Soup II: Old Fashioned Vegetable, 1969. Screenprint on paper, 35 x 23 in. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Foundling Collection, Contribution, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.”

Like his original art, in public, Warhol presented an aloof enigmatic personality. A calculated element of his successful social brand.

This heightened interest levels and mysterious appeal amongst the media and general public. When asked about his reason to paint a Campbell’s soup can Warhol replied,

“I wanted to paint nothing. I was looking for something that
was the essence of nothing, and that was it”.

Andy Warhol was the main attraction in the New York art scene during the 1960’s and called his studio ‘The Factory’ in which many highly creative people gathered to feed upon cheap food, drugs and Andy’s inspiring celebrity status.

They created original art, played alternative rock music and created a famously thriving art scene. Andy managed ‘ The Velvet Underground ’ rock band during the 1960′s. Promoting a New York arty culture that helped Warhol’s brand building efforts.

The factory, under Warhol’s guidance, made strange art house movies too. Involving people sleeping and fake movie stars pretending to be glamorous.

Warhol lured amateurs into his odd movies by promising fame and fortune like real life Hollywood celebrities Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Star gazing followers couldn’t resist the hollow opportunity.

Some of the lengthy subjects of Warhol’s low-grade movies included boredom, repetition, glamour and sex.

Point 5. ‘The Factory’ was constantly pushing the boundaries of art, crossing all mediums searching for creative innovation and promoting Andy’s brand.

However, things became out of control, when in 1968 a feminist mental patient walked into the factory and shot Andy 3 times in the chest.

Point 6. Warhol was pronounced dead by doctors, but a chest operation quickly brought him back to life.

Following his recovery, Warhol continued to create original art and became the founder of Interview magazine , which is still popular today.

Warhol’s global creative brand continues to flourish years after his death.

© Copyright Simon Brushfield – Andy Warhol, Original art, Brand building and Social Media

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