A New Renaissance and the Age of Art and Innovation

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A New Era of Art

Turn off the negative news and politics… put your ear to the ground of the creative world, and hear the groundswell of artists dancing to their own beat. Tune your psyche to the ethers and catch the waves of inspiration everywhere to be found.

It’s good news for creators. It’s a new renaissance.. of art and innovation… of awakening and beauty.

We are in the beginning of a new age of art where creativity and innovation will again lead the way. We are living history in the making and some future day humankind will study this period as one of upheaval and turmoil, giving way to art, compassion, creativity, and expanded consciousness.

“This new renaissance of the 21st Century includes you and your art. We are living history in the making. Your art matters.”
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®

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The Italian Renaissance at a Glance

The Italian Renaissance began as an artistic movement in Florence, Italy in the 14th century, between 1300-1600 AD.

That Renaissance lifted the world from the darkness of the early Middle Ages to a time of greater creativity, intellectual inquiry, growth and prosperity. The seeds of this period of rebirth were planted in the soil of the Dark Ages, and blossomed to flourishing over the next 300 years.1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance

“We are in a New Renaissance… an awakening… a quickening of consciousness and an urge to create.”
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®

Audio Article – A New Renaissance

An Awakening of Consciousness

The Renaissance was an awakening of consciousness.

People were awakening to higher impulses of creativity and inquiry, which manifested in greater attention on—and appreciation for—beauty and the arts.

This period of awakening, escorted the western world into The Age of Enlightenment, also called The Age of Reason, between 1600-1800 AD. Every area of society was affected, in particular, by innovations in art, science, politics, and philosophy. Old systems and ways of thinking were failing and replaced by new ones.

Hmmm… sounds familiar.

“Every area of renaissance has come out of new freedoms for peoples. The coming renaissance will be greater than any other in history, for this time, all the peoples of the earth will share in it.”
~Pearl S. Buck, American writer, novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner, 1892 – 1973

A Time for Growth

The advent of the printing press around 1439, began the ascent into greater access to knowledge through books and reading for the masses. Imagine a time where people are hungry for books and access to knowledge for self development, and a time where there’s great societal upheaval

Sounds a lot like today’s proliferation of easily accessible content online. Only today it’s vastly easier and more accessible.

All growth comes through struggle and strife. Turmoil and chaos ever precede greater order.

This is a period of momentous change… it’s a period of transformation… a period where we will reinterpret our relationship with the world, just like the renaissance.”
~Ian Goldin, Oxford professor, author, born 1955-South Africa

Deja Vu

It is when the light is brightest that the flaws are revealed. So today, when we see so much that is wrong, bad or disturbing, we can take heart that it is because the light and the good is also increasing.

The renaissance was birthed on the threshold of the Gutenberg press. This new renaissance is birthed by the world wide web, where every individual can have access to the internet of knowable—and shareable—things.

As the shrouds that conceal the shadows are peeled back, if we focus on the scurrying negatives, and unthinkable horrors, that is what we see. If we focus on the shadows, we’ll miss the light. If we focus on the light our lives are illumined and shadows recede.

It is when the light is brightest that the flaws and shadows are revealed.

Every renaissance comes to the world with a cry, the cry of the human spirit to be free.”
~Anne Sullivan Macy, American teacher and life companion of Helen Keller

A New Renaissance

Now we are again in a Renaissance… an awakening… a quickening of consciousness and an urge to create.

For the first time in history, we are in an era in which masses of people have greater freedom to choose the work they do, and the life they live.

Imagine a society where the majority of people love what they do full time. Imagine a society led by creators: artists, entrepreneurs, inventors on fire with passion, purpose and vision. Can you conceive what that will do to the mass consciousness of humanity?

How beautiful the vision of the masses creating, not destroying… encouraging instead of criticizing, loving rather than hating. When humans are aligned with our creative soul, we open ourselves to more good.

The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire.
~Ferdinand Foch,  French general and military theorist, 1851 – 1929

Imagine a society where the majority of people love what they do full time. Imagine a society led by creators: artists, entrepreneurs, inventors on fire with passion, purpose and vision. Can you conceive what that will do to the mass consciousness of humanity?

The Age of Art and Innovation — Art-Inno

We are in the Age of Artists and Innovators of all human and planetary endeavors.

Perhaps we can call this new era of opportunity for artists and innovators, Art-Inno, or The Age of ArtInno for art and innovation. 😊

Just as the weather that is here today, could be the weather on the other side of the earth in a few days, so too does human progress and possibility live in the “clouds” of the internet. Today we can easily access people, knowledge, skills and services of all kinds around the world, faster than the weather… faster than the space shuttle.

In an instant, the world at our fingertips, and with it, the world of possibilities.

ArtInno:
The New Renaissance of Art and Innovation – 21st Century, Planet Earth.
A Rebirth of Consciousness, Compassion and Creativity.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily®

The Internet is Your Gateway to the World

At iCreateDaily, we currently utilize freelancers from India, Philippines, Bulgaria and the US. It’s not unusual for us to have several Skype chats happening—sometimes almost simultaneously—with outsourcers all around the globe.

The Internet is not just “a gateway to the world”, but your gateway as well.

Today, over 51% of the world’s people are online and virtually everyone in developed nations has the world at their fingertips. Less developed nations are rapidly coming online as well.2)https://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm 3)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Internet_usage

Those wishing to succeed in today’s world do best engaging the “new renaissance” by taking advantage of the vast opportunity to learn anything about anything, and often for free. Visual artists who learn digital art-making will be able to multiply and proliferate your work more readily into all kinds of mediums and forms.

An artist paints, dances, draws, writes, designs, or acts at the expanding edge of consciousness. We press into the unknown rather than the known. This makes life lovely and lively.”
~Julia Cameron, American artist, author, teacher, poet, writer

The Era of Entrepreneurs

Peter Diamandis, founder of The X Prize —and others like him—are offering prizes for innovations to anyone in the world. A villager in Africa could submit an application with an idea to be considered equally to an astrophysicist.

Here’s a statement from an 2018 XPRIZE Visioneers Design Challenge:
“Crowdsourced innovation is about finding the best ideas that exist, regardless of their origin.” 
~HeroX.com

Today’s opportunities are unparalleled in known history. That’s the light. So it’s no wonder that there are also problems. That’s the dark, and the opportunity.

Mega successful entrepreneurs like Gary Vaynerchuk, of Vaynermedia,  and Tom Bilyeu of Impact Theory, hire for attitude. Positive attitude and creative thinking are in demand and with that, the ability to learn the skills needed.

The greatest skills for today: a positive attitude, a learner’s mindset, and the discipline to do the work.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily®

 Peter Diamandis, founder of The X Prize —and others like him—are offering prizes for innovations to anyone in the world. A villager in Africa could submit an application with an idea to considered equally to an astrophysicist. Today's opportunities are unparalleled in known history. Numerous mega successful entrepreneurs like Gary Vaynerchuk, and Tom Bilyeu, founder of Quest Nutrition and now Impact Theory, are eagerly hiring anyone with the right attitude, regardless of training and skills.

Freedom and Opportunity

The gatekeepers in all industries are losing their jobs as the barriers of entry are eliminated, innovation by innovation, industry by industry. If you’re in a “gatekeeper” industry, it’s essential to learn a new skill or look for new opportunities within your niche of expertise.

“Middleman” jobs are dissolving and morphing. The following list cites some examples, but it’s happening in every area of the world.

Diminishing Industries

  • Publishing companies – Writers can self publish and sell directly to the market.
  • Universities – Education is available from so many reputable online institutions and individuals. Instead of spending years earning a degree, you can hone in on the exact area you wish to learn and become qualified in less time for far less money.
  • Music label companies – Some of the most successful entertainers today started via their own YouTube channel offering lots of content for free such as cellist, Zoe.
  • Factory work – and other jobs that can be automated
  • Transportation – Uber, Lyft and self-driving cars are impacting some areas of transportation services
  • Travel lodging – AirBnB has transformed travel lodging
  • Medicine – Some medical needs and practices, such as computerized diagnosing based on symptoms and home testing
  • Creators in all genres can create and take it to YouTube, social media and to your own websites

Lifelong cellist, Zoe Keating created her music business on her own, direct to consumer (DTC). Even if you’re not a musician, you will likely enjoy her interview with Chase Jarvis of What technology cannot replace is the unique blend of consciousness and perception you bring to your work.

Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
William James, American philosopher and psychologist, 1842-1910

Growing Your Skills

If you’re looking for work as an artist, it will benefit you to expand your skills to include digital art and graphic design. The need is shifting more to online visuals such as wonderful photographs and interesting images, humor, and creative depictions.

So creators learning how to use digital art tools, and who are also skilled artists, will have an edge over those just trained in photography or paint on canvas, etc.

Foreign outsourcers are able to create beautiful work for a fraction of the cost to hire domestically. This competition places the responsibility on the creators to be innovative in their creations and offerings.

It’s as important to grow your portfolio of skills as it is your portfolio of art.

There’s a growing need for original digital art. As more companies move more industry online, some will want to commission photographers and illustrators to create original art for websites and books covers and product inventions.

The greatest Renaissance artists, are those who were crossed trained and continuously educating themselves across many disciplines. It’s much the same today.

The successful creatives in this new renaissance are also those who are innovating, learning, and creating. When you take initiative to step out of your comfort zone will you make the greatest progress. And the more you do it the it easier it gets.

Create… Learn… Apply. Daily.

Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.
~Lincoln Steffens, New York journalist, author-The Shame of the Cities, 1866-1936

The Age of Opportunity

What moved humanity forward during the Renaissance, is the same thing moving us forward today. Old systems, societal problems, dissatisfaction and failure, leading to action, innovation, creativity, awareness, inquiry, information and passion.

Growing Opportunities for Creators

This New Renaissance will provide increasing opportunities for creative thinkers, artists, writers, designers and authors to serve clients while doing meaningful work you enjoy. Corporations will need artists and storytellers more than marketers and sales people.

For creators and also fiction authors seeking to earn a living writing stories, this is great news!

This New Renaissance of Art and Innovation will employ many creative writers and artists and add value and depth to the corporate and consumer experience. Bringing art will bring heart and soul to commerce, and more wealth of commerce to creators.

You may find this article on how to make money as an artist, helpful.

Turbulent times of civilizations in flux lead to purpose driven entrepreneurs, artists and communities awakening to beauty, art, creativity, vision and purpose.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily

Job Opening: Artists Needed to Create Beauty

In the 14th century, the world desperately needed reform, transformation and awakening. It is the same today.

The collective consciousness of mankind is inspired by the human soul on fire with purpose. Humanity needs your passion… your fire… your art. As Howard Thurman said, The world needs more people who have come alive.

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
~Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath creator, 1452-1519

In the 14th century, the world desperately needed reform, transformation and awakening. It is the same today. The collective consciousness of mankind is inspired by the human soul on fire with purpose. Humanity needs your passion… your fire… your art. As Howard Thurman said, "The world needs more people who have come alive."

Your Personal Renaissance

There are more incredible entrepreneurs and creators making positive change in the world today than ever before. Your story could be amongst these. You can be one of them… perhaps you already are. If not, step into a commitment to create daily, doing work you love, and in this journey, your way will become more clear.

The more you delve into living the life of your dreams, beginning here and now, the more you will connect with others who are doing this.  As you associate more with others who are where you want to be, the more you will be able to do, learn, know and achieve, and the more likely you are to get there.

Entrepreneurs and artists are leading the way of change today through commerce and creativity; art and innovation.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily®

What moved humanity forward during the Renaissance, is the same thing moving us forward today: old systems, societal problems, dissatisfaction, failure, action, innovation, creativity, awareness, inquiry, information and passion. Turbulent times of civilizations in flux lead to purpose driven entrepreneurs, artists and communities awakening to beauty, art, creativity, vision and purpose.

Move Away from Mainstream Mania

Sure, if you tune into the mainstream media, you’ll hear how bad things are. That just leads to doubt and fear, anger and anxiety.

You don’t need that.

The good news stories are the ones you’ll rarely hear, unless you make the effort to seek them out. The best thing you can do for yourself—and the world—is to do the work you love. To birth your creativity fueled by passion into the world… to create positive forward momentum toward your goals.

In the garden we need manure to fertilize the plants, but that’s not what we focus on. We don’t stand around and stare at the manure. Rather, we focus on the incredible flowers and vegetables growing there. What you put your attention on is what grows in your life.

Focus on the good and beautiful and you will have more of that.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily®

But there's another side to that story that you'll rarely hear, unless you make the effort to seek it out. In the garden we need manure to fertilize the plants, but that's not what we focus on. We don't stand around and stare at the manure. Rather, we focus on the incredible flowers and vegetables growing there. Remember... what you put your attention on is what grows in your life.

Bring Your Light to the World

If you awaken on a morning and feel that your contribution… your work is too small to make a difference… too small to count, think again. The great artists of the past did not have the world at their fingertips as we do.

This is your time.

Creativity brings more to life than the thing created. Enjoy a new renaissance into your personal era of renewal of life, vigor, creativity, opportunity, passion and purpose

Bring your light to the world and it will illuminate your life.

Creating beauty makes space for positivity, for inspiration and for innovation. The act of creating is meditation in action, bringing peace and joy to the hearts that create it and the hearts that experience it.

Art from the heart expands love and hope in the world, and that, my friends, is good for all.

Consider the flower and how by doing what it’s here to do—to grow in beauty—it attracts all that it needs, while inspiring awe in the observer. Same for you and your art. Immerse in what you love to do, and grow your craft.

Grow like flowers in spring and you will create a legacy of beauty that goes beyond your palette; beyond your canvas, pen or keyboard. Create that which you’re compelled to bring to life.

Grow like flowers in spring. Do the work that brings you joy, and you will spread that joy to others.
~LeAura Alderson, Cofounder-iCreateDaily®

The New Renaissance Requires an Integrated Mind

Creative intelligence is rarely linear. Common parlance calls these “left brain” and “right brain” intelligence. While each type of mentality uses the entire brain, these terms describe those who predominate in using more of the type of processing or the other.

I like the concept of linear and radial intelligence. In his book, A Whole New Mind, author Daniel Pink, speaks of the mind for our times being that of a generalist who can synthesize concepts using the best of the left and right brain qualities in symphony.

If you have not yet read A Whole New Mind, please do. We consider Daniel’s book required reading for every creator. This book paints the picture of the vital role of creators in these dramatically transitional times and a world in need of your creativity.

Daniel Pink’s book, A Whole New Mind is considered required reading for any serious creator.

“Design. Story. Symphony. Empathy. Play. Meaning. These six senses increasingly will guide our lives and shape our world.” 
~Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

ADD – Art Deficit Disorder

Perhaps ADD is to stand more for “Art Deficit Disorder” than “Attention Deficit Disorder”, as artists and creators at heart are bursting at the seams of old shrouds. Far too many budding artists had their natural creative impulses snuffed by discouragement, ridicule or drugs to calm them.

ADD = Art Deficit Disorder.
ADD is creative energy seeking expression as artists and creators at heart are bursting at the seams of old systems.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily®

Unleash the Creator… Renovate with Art

Instead, lets unleash them to do what they’re here to do. Unleash yourself from the conditioning that has stifled your creativity. Let go the habits of consumption versus creation that devours your time without nurturing your spirit and inspiring growth.

Do the work of your soul. Not sure what that is? Just start in the direction that compels you. Not compelled? Start with that which interests you. Explore. Follow the breadcrumbs that show you the way.

Creativity connects us to our divinity.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily®

Artful Innovation in the New Renaissance will Lead the Way

The Renaissance of the 14th-17th centuries AD, was a “rebirth” heralded by art, education and innovation.

The New Renaissance of today is much the same. We are riding the wave of societal transformation as we shake the dust off old systems that no longer serve and draw the curtains to a new dawn of creativity fueled by passion and compassion.

The Renaissance of today is another turn of the spiral of evolution of consciousness. Today, we can consciously choose to join the crowds of creators. There’s plenty of room for all, and plenty of need. We know the history and how the art and innovation of the European Renaissance continues to inspire us today.

What legacy will we create in this new renaissance of history in the making? Today, we are making profound history. There will be new Da Vinci’s, Michelangelo’s .. new Raphael’s and Donatello’s.

If you are compelled to create, then create. Daily. Easy? No. Essential? Yes. It’s essential to your happiness that you following your compulsion to create.

But do not worry about doing great art. Instead, do you, greatly. And often, and your work will become great.

It is ever the lighted life that illuminates the world.
~LeAura Alderson, author, entrepreneur, cofounder-iCreateDaily

If you awaken on a morning and feel that your contribution… your work is too small to make a difference… too small to count, think again. The great artists of the past did not have the world at their fingertips as we do. This is your time. Enjoy a new renaissance into your personal era of renewal of life, vigor, creativity, opportunity, passion and purpose.

A movement for creators serious about their work.

The Day is the Way.

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