Thursday, April 9, 2009

Lessons from Great Artists & Architects

Blink:
In my last blog posting, America’s Coach, I indicated that I have been inspired by some great people I never met, artists and architects that have guided me on my business journey. The list is long: Leger, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Miro, Calder, Dali, Neel, I. M. Pei and Frank Gehry.

Read On:
Detailed below are the lessons I have learned from my favorite artists and architects:

- You must start with traditional training before you can breakout and create new ideas.
- Simplicity.
- Scale – sketches that lead to large masterpieces.
- There is no instant gratification when it comes to artistic creation.
- Artists serve people and live in a commercial world, but they need to discover how they can step outside the norm, take risks and slice their sliver/niche.
- When artists/creative people step outside the norm they must accept criticism, wear it like an article of clothing for a while, then toss it and move on.
- What makes it all worth it (the thrill) is the process of pulling together an achievement.
- Don’t compromise your values.
- Treat each client differently and special.
- Harmony = Balance.

One final thought. Each one of the individuals on my list were larger than life, thus taught me the value of Joie de Vivre, the Joy of Living.

2 comments:

  1. do you ever sleep? what awesome comments. I will see you Saturday lobster bisque

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  2. I thought of Miles Davis. Julliard trained and came to redefine jazz through a minimalist approach that resonates still today. You probably know Kind of Blue, but Flamenco Sketches may be germane to your wonderful thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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