Posted by: Liz Massey | April 8, 2008

Surf’s Up: April 7, 2008

A painter’s work-in-progress, a book on visualizing new ideas, and an “open-source” site for would-be filmmakers round out this week’s review of the creative blogosphere.

1. Tina Mammoser writes The Cycling Artist blog, which is all about her daily studio life and what’s inspiring her paintings at the moment. Her work consists largely of abstract landscapes of the coast of England, created from an ongoing cycle journey around the seaside.

Tina recently posted a lovely series of entries about a painting entitled “Night Swimming.” It’s wonderful to see the photos and read her explanation of how she’s developing the work.

(Another recent treat: Tina’s first podcast, on what an artist thinks about while she’s in the studio…she’s sorting her work preparing for an art fair.)

2. I stumbled across a lovely new book about the power of visual thinking: The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, by Dan Roam.

The premise behind Roam’s book is simple: anybody with a pen and a scrap of paper can use visual thinking to work through complex business ideas. It’s an in-depth look at what kinds of problems can benefit from a visualization to facilitate their resolution, and what kinds of pictures work for different sorts of problems.

Having read Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind, I’m planning to see how Roam’s exploration of visualization, a consummate right-brain skill if there ever was one, fits with Pink’s assertion that the right-brain values of design, symphony, story, play, meaning, etc., will rule the 21st Century.

(Tip o’ the blog to Innovation Tools for bringing this book to my attention.)

3. Nursing a great movie idea, but perplexed about how to get it made? Check out the Workbook Project, described by its creators as “an open-source social experiment for content creators.” The site (which is wrapped around a WordPress blog) is filled with links to Web 2.0 tools and tutorials, tips on do-it-yourself filmmaking and interviews with indie filmmakers on how they create and find an audience for their work.

As with many things labeled “open source,” the tone on the Workbook Project is upbeat and generous. Even if you’re not a filmmaker, you may want to surf by to inhale a little creative can-do attitude.


  1. Thanks so much for the mini-review Liz! Glad my podcast is getting out there. 🙂 Episode 2 has just been posted to my blog too! More of the ‘Night Swimming’ progress to come this week.

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