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 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