3 Secrets to Creativity as used by a Kelowna Appliance Repairman

My old friend Joseph from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and I used to go to high school together. I was always shocked at his accomplishments as a youth, and he was the most creative kid in our classes. But after graduation, after him spieling on about how he would become not only the world’s most successful author but a painter and poet, he surprised everyone, or shall I say disappointed everyone, by becoming an appliance repair mechanic.

My other friends from high school were even more shocked than I was, because I knew it took motivation to create art and although Joseph was very talented and artistic I knew he wasn’t the most determined or diligent. After high school he followed his father’s trade and got the first job he could get. I went on to Art History in college while he was fixing refrigerators and ovens for family kitchens. Of course there’s nobility in providing quality services for domestic homes, but deep down I knew Joseph had the talent to become a great artist if only he could find the right motivation besides fame and money.

Like I said before, if you want paintings you should paint them yourself! But when I visited Joseph’s home several years ago every single painting on his wall was, well, from a thrift store and he hadn’t picked up a paint brush since graduation, let alone attempted to write a story. We didn’t talk much about it, but I knew he wanted to. He had a sadness behind his eyes that shouted, “I NEED TO CREATE! I’m tired of repairing major appliances for people in Kelowna. I want to move to Paris and make masterpieces with my mind!”

Also, I think he was jealous of me because I have less talent than him but I still keep motivated enough to follow my dream and use my creativity to create art. Short story long, Joseph called me a few days after our visit and right away I could hear the depression in his voice. He broke out in tears over the phone and said he had repaired his last appliance. Over the years he had repaired thousands of refrigerators, thousands of ovens, thousands of washers and dryers, was familiar with all brand names like Kenmore and Maytag, had seen the ins and outs of everything from a Hotpoint freezer to a Panasonic microwave–overall had been doing appliance repair Kelowna BC services for nearly two decades!–but he had quit his job. His heart was begging him to quit and follow his passion. But when it came down to making actual art on his first day of unemployment, he froze. He didn’t know what to do, and he had called me for help.

I knew there’s no way I could give my motivation to him. It doesn’t work that way, but I did tell him three things.

follow your passion

3 Secrets to Creativity

  1. Have a mentor. Have a role model, another artist to look up to. Without inspiration from someone you respect, without influence from a style you adore, how can you even know creating art is possible? If you take a newborn baby and put him in a world where no one creates art, how will the baby grow up to know creating art is even a thing someone can do for a living? I told Joseph to find inspiration by choosing who his favorite artist his. He never had a favorite artist before, but I told him once he chose his favorite artist he should study them daily. Motivation comes from seeing that great art is possible, and even a regular guy from a regular city like Kelowna BC can make great art if only he can learn from an expert who’s already done what he wants to do.
  2. Build a habit out of creating. If you’ve never created much, then of course it’s going to feel strange or even difficult to sit down and create something new that this world has never seen before. You need to let your subconscious mind know that you are a creator by building the habit of creating, and the only way to build a new habit is by repetition and getting rid of an old habit. Joseph had already gotten rid of an old habit–repairing appliances for a Kelowna company–and now he was trying to replace that habit with staring at the wall and crying on the phone. He admitted that before he called me he had called everyone else from high school and none of them knew what to say. I told him that he needed to slap himself across the face and stop being so pathetic. I told him he has all the talent in the world to become a great artist, if only he could man up, pick up that pen, pick up that paint brush and create something. Even if he didn’t like what he first created, he would build the habit of creating and let himself know that it’s possible.
  3. Develop your own style that you’re proud of. After completing steps one and two, the third step is to master your craft by becoming your own unique artist. At first, while following the influence of your mentor, your art might seem very similar to their’s, but after a while of building the habit of creating every week, you’ll start to break off that influence and find that there’s a few things you’d rather do differently. Maybe the tone, mood, vibe or some minor details that your mentor gave you may stick around, but the overall style is yours. And the best part is that once your style is yours and yours alone you can really stand out as an artist, for no one else in the world has that particular style. Each one of us is different, and after a while of following our passion our art will too become different. I told Joseph all this and concluded by saying that he should choose a mentor, he should build a habit, and while he’s doing that he should frequently close his eyes and dream of what his own style will be. This is the goal developing artists can look forward to for that motivation to keep growing. I said, “Joseph, if you can only put your head down and continue to grow, one day there’ll be no other artist in the world like you, and your art will be completely unique and then one day a young artist will choose you as his or her mentor.”

So What Happened to our Appliance Mechanic?

Joseph not only loved the advice I gave him, he followed it to a T-square. These events I described were a little less than a month ago, and since then Joseph had not only written his first short story, he got it published in a local journal and painted three paintings as well. Now he’s working on a book about an appliance mechanic who decided to follow his dream and found true happiness. I think we all know where the inspiration for that book came from. I decided to share this story after Joseph called me last night, and he sounded like the happiest man in the world! the sound of his voice brought a tear to my eye. He had done it! And you can, too!

A New Style of Painting: Functional Collage Art

Shown above is an example of functional collage art sent in from a subscriber. The artist’s name in Emily C. and she has been developing this unique style of art for the past few years. It’s not all the time that collage art is abstract-like without notable forms and functions, but most of the time it is. Most collage art is non-functional, that is it does not portray a realistic image that can easily be made sense of.

What functional collage art is trying to do is render images that make sense and have functions with the classic collage style by combining paint with collage. 

Here is how you go about making functional collage art:

  1. Get a piece of canvas or other painting surface.
  2. Get an assortment of objects you wish to glue to the canvas.
  3. Have an image of what you want to create in mind, and paint the background.
  4. Start gluing your objects to the background to form the image you have in mind.
  5. Paint over the glued objects if you wish.

Functional collage combines traditional collage with paint to create an image that serves a specific function. Us at www.deco-home-conseil.com hope you enjoy experimenting with this new style!

 

Need Paintings for Walls? Paint Them Yourself!

The beautiful thing about abstract art is that everyone can do it. If you need some paintings for your walls in the house, you can get paints that match your furniture and splatter them across a canvas until you’re satisfied with the result.

There are many benefits to doing your own paintings. Today, Deco Home Conseil is going to discuss three! First of all, painting with wine and friends as a social activity is very fun. Invite the girls over for some painting, set out some cheese, wine and classical music, and have a good time.

Secondly, doing your own painting assures it’ll be the way you want it to be. If you don’t have any skill, you can still go wild with splattering and flicking, smudging and rubbing paint onto a canvas so that it comes out as something that looks good to your eye. That’s what matters most. And if you don’t like it, keep tossing paint onto it until you do. Abstract is so fun!

Thirdly, there’s my favorite benefit of doing your own paintings. When you have guests over, especially people who don’t know you too well and have never been over before, you can impress them if they ask you about one of your paintings. You can say, “Oh, that. I’m glad you like it. It’s just something I quickly whipped together.”

So if you’re looking for a hobby and could benefit from a few extra paintings in the living room, get some canvases. Even cheap ones from the dollar store will do. Then find all your old paint cans, buy some paints and brushes, set up some garbage bags on the kitchen table, or newspapers, and go crazy with it. If you realize how fun it is like I did, soon you might have dozens of your own paintings not only decorating your house but that of your friends and family, too.

Replaced Gutters Recently? Here’re Ways to Re-Use Your Old Guttering System!

Before I talk about what I did with my old gutters, I want to briefly talk about the wide range of things you can do with your old gutters. So I hope you decided to keep them! There’s a lot with them you can do!

  1. Outside Flower Planters: Re-installing the gutters at chest-height on your fence or the side of a shed for example will give you a great place to insert dirt and plant flowers, herbs or other vegetation. A friend abroad even told me of how she used a drill to install gutters along a stone retaining wall so that she could plant garlic in her over crowded garden.
  2. Inside Book Shelves: Installing gutters up high above the TV or close to the ceiling will give you a cool place to display all the books you’ve read. Installing them closer to the ceiling is especially cool because, although you might need a ladder to retrieve the books inside them, they’re not in the way and this supplies a great means of general storage. You could even do this above your bookshelves if you have a library or office just to give you more freed-up space.
  3. Garage Tool Rack: Nothing’ll say how handy you are with your tools than having them stored in a used length of gutter. Installing your old gutters in your garage under or above your already-present shelving will give you that extra storage needed to get the tools out of boxes and up off the ground.
  4. Easy Access Bathroom Shelving: If you have a few short lengths of gutter, you can stack them above each other on the wall behind or beside the toilet to give you a cool place to hold your phone, spare toilet paper, magazines, folded hand towels and all other bathroom things.

Now I have one more idea but I’d like to share it in story form, as I had fun implementing this decor idea in my home this week, and have more insight into how it can be done better.

First of all, I didn’t even expect that I’d ever have a bunch of used gutters lying around to do something cool with. It was my husband who decided it was a good time to look up services for gutter installation Victoria BC. We replaced our old green aluminum guttering system with a better black steel one, and I can already say I love the new look they give to our home’s facade. The gutter company asked if we wanted them to haul away our old gutters, but my husband knows me well enough to know I’d most likely want to do something artistic with them. He made that decision when I wasn’t even home, which I love him for. And I’m sure he loved the great choice he made, too, because know we have a very cool addition to the inside of our home!

So here begins idea No. 5! Beer bottle holders for the kitchen! Not everyone collects beer bottles, but my husband does. Everyday after work he hits up the beer store to buy a single bottle of expensive craft beer. He has bottles from all around the world, and nearly all of them have cool designs on them which make them worth keeping. I must say, after installing several rows of used gutter along the wall in our kitchen, it frees up all the space on top of the fridge and windowsills where the bottles were overcrowded before. My husband absolutely adores them= bottle shelves, and now that there’s so much excess storage he doesn’t feel inclined to recycle the bottles with designs he doesn’t like as much. It may only take a year before we run out of shelving space, but by then I hope he’ll find something better to collect.

The gutters we had were the perfect size to fit the bottles in snug so they also don’t rattle around when a big truck drives by like you might expect. We had a minor earthquake the other day and even then the bottles in the gutters didn’t make a sound.

Perhaps you collect other things that would fit into gutters, like dolls or action figures, and need more storage space for them. Why not flip two pancakes with one spatula and order gutter installation services to free-up your old gutters and free-up some space in your home?

“I hope you enjoyed this fun post by my friend Wendy. Stay tuned for more interesting home decor ideas!”

Guest Post by Wendy Croft of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada