Art Resolution-Y2: Unpredictable

After a three month break and an overdose of real life, I have returned. In part, the motivation came from what Darnell said yesterday about traveling vicariously through my experiences. If only to delight him, it seems like the effort is worthwhile.

Is there a resolution pay off?

Looking back on last year’s resolution to create an art study every day for a year, I am in equal parts amused and amazed. As a cognitive preferences and creativity researcher, the idea of shoehorning creativity into routine is (on the face of it) ludicrous. But, as in most of life, there is duality. Creativity is usually fired by novel circumstances. However, the skill needed for diverse approaches to our ideas is built by mastery which is acquired by routine practice.

The majority of 2015 dedicated to art development had more to do with keeping art and its importance in my life at top of mind. And, though I did not create a fully executed study every day, my thinking was driven everyday by the exercise of a resolution. In short, it was a worthy endeavor.

Chapter 2

Ironically, I created many studies at the end of the year that I never got time to post. December was filled with a major writing assignment at work and the usual holiday flurry. In three months, I realize I miss the reflection and interaction of blogging and the creative writing experience. So, with no guilt or expectation, I begin the second year of Art Resolutions resolved to accept unpredictability and still establish milestones to move my creative work forward.

Message in a Bottle

Last night, I spent time looking over the recent art work of one of my closest friends. Judy is a poet, artist, philosopher and all around thoughtful human being. Her work has both IMG_5357overt and subtle messages about her life observations, existential questions, and general commentary. When people look for a purpose in art, its diversity as an elevation of life’s beauty, platform for social commentary, reflections of the deeply buried human experience–these are all manifestations of what makes it powerful and always evolving and personal.

CU purple bottleFor me, the decorative and profound often meet in the middle. This is how I feel about my recent exercise in painting bottles. Concern for the environment and the transformative experience of reenvisioning an object or material–this was was motivation for designing used bottles.

The journey’s destination?

Unpredictable. All I can offer is that, for the time being, I am tuning in to the muses. They will determine how year 2 will play out. Hope you’ll join me for the ride.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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