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

Pablo Picasso: How to commission original art like Picasso

Pablo Picasso was a brilliant artist for his time.

He created artwork that continues to grow in popularity, well after his death.

One of his most famous pieces of original art is titled ‘ ’.

The painting was based upon a real life event, from photographs taken amidst a devastating war scene. Later in Picasso’s studio, here’s what happened…

Pablo Picasso added his unique artistic perspective to history and immortalized the event.

It’s now remembered forever as an iconic painting in the History of Modern Art.

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

About Picasso’s Guernica painting…

Pablo Picasso created this piece following the bombing of a small quiet innocent town in 1937.

The attack took place during the Spanish Civil war, involving both German and Italian warplanes, above the city of Guernica . Picasso meant to represent the suffering and pain caused by war.

Innocent civilians were butchered and terrified, unable to escape the rain of horror from above.

Guernica is one of Picasso’s most famous pieces of original art, currently housed in Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid Spain. An estimated eleven thousand people come daily to visit the painting. Even though Guernica is currently one of Picasso’s more recognizable pieces, it hasn’t always been popular.

In 1938 the controversial ‘Guernica’ was stolen by activists and nailed to the wall of a public showroom.

Pablo Picasso attempted to comprehend in visual terms, the Spanish people’s sense of loss as their city, friends, and family were all destroyed by the bombings.

This important piece of art speaks to the Spanish people portraying powerful emotions of identity, loss and grief, resulting from the tragedy of war.

Commissioning Your Own Piece of Original Art

When collecting contemporary paintings, art dealers are finding that contemporary art is growing more popular as a wise investment. Picasso painted Guernica using photographs from eyewitness accounts.

Similarly, the original abstract painting below was created using a similar creative process.

‘Dopey’ by Simon Brushfield Acrylic & Oil on Canvas 21cm x 29cm (Unframed)

By commissioning your piece of original art from your own photographs, you will be able to get the look you want from an experienced artist who has been painting for more than 20 years.

When buying original art from Simon Brushfield , you want to create a piece of original art that appeals to you, but also sends the right message.

Purchasing a Picasso painting might be a little beyond your budget.

However, commissioning a piece of contemporary art by Simon Brushfield will give you an original painting guaranteed to increase in value. Original art makes a wonderfully unique gift for loved ones too.

Your choice of topic probably won’t be the Spanish civil war, like Picasso’s Guernica painting, but you might have important events or people that you would like to commemorate.

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‘Great Aunt Glen’ portrait by Simon Brushfield (2006) Oil and acrylic on canvas 60cm x 80cm (Private Acquisition)

When thinking about collecting investment art from a high quality artist like Simon Brushfield , you will find your investment increasing in value over time.

Commissioning a piece of original art gives you a unique show piece for your wall that impresses visitors and will be a joy to live with, in your home or office .

Do you have any thoughts about Guernica , this important painting by Pablo Picasso?

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© Copyright Simon Brushfield – Pablo Picasso original art Guernica .