Inspired by the pretty and delicate pink petals found in the Gardens by the Bay.
I decided I needed to get in the zone, for my upcoming class “Watercolors – Loose, and Easy.” I think it should be a fun class; laid back and keeping watercolor …simple and easy. Fresh, Free, Flowing And Loose. Thats the goal.
So, to keep this little technique simple, I chose only a few colors: (white, indigo and alizarin crimson) and had a play.
White Paint Is Lovely!
The white paint applied first, acts like a soft velvety foundation that the other paints react to in beautiful ways.
For those of you who have not tried this before, it is a lot of fun.
You create stunning results by laying the wet white wash down first and then, while it is damp….. allow another color to merge into it.
(Especially The Staining paints!)
Just simply ‘do.’
I loved the experimentation aspect, with no pressure to create, finish, frame.
Still a bit lagged from the trip, I was in no big rush to “Paint That Photo.”
Of course, those who know me by now, know I never do that anyway!
These are colors I do not usually use together.
(Indigo, White, Permanent Alizarin Crimson)
So, it was interesting to me to see how they responded to each other.
I had about 15 test squares I did fairly fast, that looked great.
I’ll be able to use this information in other work I do.
So for those who worry about spending all that time
and not ending up with a “Product” – it isn’t so bad.
You do end up with benefits.
I learn new things all the time doing this type of thing.
Learning new techniques, new color combinations, new approaches, etc.
These, can be then used down the track in your next paintings.
In a survey of 2,000 employees, Bain & Company found that among 33 leadership traits — including creating compelling objectives, expressing ideas clearly, and being receptive to input — the ability to be mindfully present (also called centeredness) is the most essential of all.
Research also suggests that there’s a direct correlation between leaders’ mindfulness and the well-being and performance of their people.
In other words, the more a leader is present with their people, the better they will perform.
Every morning, Conant allocated a good chunk of his time to walking around the plant, greeting people, and getting to know them.
He would memorize their names and the names of their family members.
He would take a genuine interest in their lives.
To Conant, these behaviors were not just strategies to enhance productivity; they were heartfelt efforts to support his people.
As I read the HBR article, I found myself nodding in agreement. That Conant chose to take an active interest in the lives of his employees was interesting.
It was also a sharp and vivid reminder to me of a previous long term, employer of my spouse.
He also, took an active participation in his employees’ lives.
A genuine, concerned interest.
What this did, was ensure the entire family was invested in the company and its success.
We, and even the children, were on board with travel and the long hours the job entailed.
I look back and think, what a smart man.
But also, more importantly, how truly, kind he was.
These leaders are fully engaged and present; and yes, they do get the most from their workforce.
Art is not in Isolation
You might think it odd, I find quotes and articles from business publications and don’t stick to “arts and crafts.”
But, I’ve found we really can’t isolate areas so easily. One bleeds over into the other.