A New Paradigm

I have been rereading Daniel H. Pink's 2005 bestseller, A Whole New Mind – Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, and I found myself checking his points off my right brain mental list of things that most artists already do. No surprises there.

The same personality traits and work habits long denigrated by business people, TV, Hollywood and our money-obsessed culture at large are apparently becoming the new paradigm for business success! The old stereotypes of artists being thought of as romantic dreamers, flakes, and unreliable, unpredictable "loners" is slowly giving way to a new appreciation of our skill set. In the new paradigm, "Creative Thinker" has replaced "Romantic Dreamer", "Seer of The Big Picture" replaces "Flake" and "Independent Problem Solver" replaces "Unpredictable Loner". The artist's way of looking at and solving problems is rapidly becoming the sought after gold-standard for the ideal employee. 

Tragic Prelude by John Steuart Curry. (Painting of Abolitionist John Brown) A Creative Interpretation (Halloween Parade)
Tragic Prelude by John Steuart Curry.
(Painting of Abolitionist John Brown)
A Creative Interpretation–Halloween Parade costume.

The main premise of A Whole New Mind is that three forces are tilting the scales in favor of R-Directed (right brain) thinking: Abundance (a surfeit of material goods), Asia, (Outsourcing of L-Directed jobs), and Automation (better, faster, cheaper analytical tasks). All this, he says, has had the effect of "boosting the significance of beauty and emotion and accelerating the individual's search for meaning."

Pink goes on to devote 151 pages to describing what he calls "The Six Senses", aptitudes that have become essential in this new age – Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning. Pink states, "These six senses increasingly will guide our lives and shape our world."

That's good news for most fine art oil painters, draftsmen, and all artists generally since these are the very attributes that have always contributed to the creation of great art. We can only hope that this will also be the age of new-found respect for the arts and artists. But then, we're just born dreamers.

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John and Ann

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John Hulsey and his wife, Ann Trusty created the website, The Artist's Road - Painting the World's Beautiful Places.  The Artist's Road inspires with practical art tips and painting techniques for the traveling artist, video painting tutorials and demonstrations, workshop resources, artist profiles and interviews and remarkable painting locations.  The Artist's Road is an artist community for oil, watercolor and pastel artists.  Articles cover intriguing art travel experiences artists have had while painting the world's beautiful places. "I believe I must speak through my art, for the preservation of Nature and the natural landscape from which I take my inspiration and living." John Hulsey is an accomplished artist, author and teacher who has been working professionally for over thirty years. In addition to producing new work for exhibition and teaching workshops, Mr. Hulsey continues to write educational articles about painting for national art magazines, including Watercolor magazine and American Artist Magazine. He has been selected as a "Master Painter of the United States" by International Artist Magazine where his work was previously chosen to be included in the top ten of their international landscape painting competition. He was awarded residencies at Yosemite, Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks. "I strive in my art to celebrate the mysteries of Nature - the fleeting light on the landscape, the unimaginable diversity of creatures, the beauty of each leaf and flower." Ann Trusty  is an accomplished third generation artist whose work embodies the natural world and is created through direct observation and translation of her subjects into her paintings. She has found inspiration in the dancing light across the water of the Hudson River (where she had a studio for ten years), as well as the big sky and waving tall grasses of the open plains of the Midwest (her current home). Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, France and Turkey in both museum and gallery exhibitions, and has been reviewed favorably by the New York Times.