Monday, April 21, 2014

Fun Monday Challenge #47 - 5:57 Min. storytelling experiment with Paul Zak

"Anything can happen" collage by Lani textures by FlyPaper.
This fun challenge is based on Dr. Paul Zak's storytelling, cortisol and oxytocin.  In an amazingly short period of time, Zak takes us through a story which raises both cortisol and oxytocin and explains his research into how vital it is for humanity to share stories.

He tells an emotionally charged, very short, touching story and offers a simple yet remarkable case study in how our brains respond to effective storytelling. As part of his study, Dr. Zak closely monitored the neural activity of hundreds of people who viewed this touching story. What he discovered is that even a simple and short narrative can evoke powerful empathic responses associated with the specific neurochemicals, cortisol and oxytocin. He found these brain responses can translate readily into concrete action such as generous donations to charity and even monetary gifts to fellow participants.  He comes  to some very interesting conclusions about storytelling and prosocial behaviors.

Now here's the art challenge part of this post.  I have observed my own creative pursuits seem to follow a similar pattern as his observations about prosocial behavior.  If I have a spike in cortisol and then oxytocin there seems to be no difficulty at all in the creative process.  It's almost as if this neurochemistry provides oil for my creative cogs and wheels.  So why not try this little experiment, watch Paul Zak's 5:57 minute video and then work on an art piece.
Have fun, enjoy your neurochemistry, and as always, feel free to share your work or play on Instagram by adding #14SecretsChallenge to your description, or by adding your photo to our Flickr pool

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fun Monday Challenge #46 - "Listen" and solve the unsolvable!

"Listen" collage by Lani textures by FlyPaper.
Lizzie Bellotto posted the above quote on her Facebook feed.  Well, it got my inner artist all excited, what would such a voice sound like?  Or what if there was a picture with no distinct image, what would a person see?
Try giving your conscious mind a little puzzle to work with while you create your art piece.  See what your unconscious mind does while your conscious mind tries to solve the unsolvable.
Want more inspiration?  The Rebelle Society has an interesting post here about the White Canvas and what a person might paint.  Alternatively you could wander through a few Zen Koans here.
Have fun, solve the unsolvable, and as always, feel free to share your work or play on Instagram by adding #14SecretsChallenge to your description, or by adding your photo to our Flickr pool

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fun Monday Challenge #45 - "Send more Love into the world"

"Create Beautiful Magic" collage by Lani textures by FlyPaper.
This fun Monday Challenge comes from Karen Salmansohn.  Wow, she's got such a nice website, app and books.  Here's her mission statement:
To offer easy-to-absorb insights and advice to help you bloom into your happiest, most loved, highest potential self – and have fun in the process – because I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas (from the latest scientific studies to ancient wisdom) into short, easily-digestible, life-changing tips.
Nice, right?  Well, she has a page devoted to kids and anti-bullying ideas.  She has ideas in the form of posters for school buses and school hallways as well as little reminders for cell phones, that communications are a chance to send out more love into the world (what if we placed our bullying, gossip, and complaining with love?), and gosh, doesn't the world need just a wee bit more love?   So here's the challenge.  Create some art that sends more Love into the world and as always, feel free to share your work or play on Instagram by adding #14SecretsChallenge to your description, or by adding your photo to our Flickr pool.  That way your love will get out into the world!