Think Different

"Think different" - Steve Jobs

What does it mean to think different? To me, it means to think for yourself, with your own unique perspective, even though it may not follow popular beliefs. People who think different tend to be the ones who accomplish great things because they don't compete to be the fastest or cheapest at doing the same as everyone else. They don't compete, they create something new, something that has never been done before and many benefit from it. They create in a new category all to themselves, they innovate and they push boundaries.  When I think of people who think different I think of people like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Oprah, Karim Rashid, Leonardo DaVinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Einstein, Picasso, Salvador Dali, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and many more. They don't follow the norm, they follow their own intuition and bring significant changes around them. They are the ones others try to emulate years after the originators have moved on to something else . 

It takes courage to think different because it also implies dissociating yourself from your tribe, your family, your coworkers, your community, your peers, etc. By doing so, you risk being cast aside for essentially threatening the status quo of that particular group. For example, think of the many scientists and doctors who ignore certain data because they fall outside of the established boundaries. They won't even talk about it because it would upset their peers and they could be ridiculed for thinking different. Thinking for yourself is a rebellious act that might get you expelled. Yet, it's the only way to move forward and innovate.

Where do you tend to think differently then your peers?

Cloud 02 

Cloud 02
Acrylic on panel

Cloud 02 is the second of my series of intuitive cloud painting. In this one I see a funny cartoon character with a long round nose and bushy eyebrows and prominent chin. It wasn't planned, it just appear and that's they main image I see whenever I look at this painting.

What do you see? 


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MJ Sketchbook Tour 03

I've been meaning to create another sketchbook tour video for a little while and finally took some time to create this one. I always enjoy looking through other artists' sketchbooks and I think it's only fair to let others see mine as well.

Unlike the previous two sketchbook tour videos I made in the past (1, 2) this one is longer and I added some context with a voice over done by yours truly in order to give you a bit of background regarding where the sketches were made and why.  It's an interesting way to learn more about the city of Toronto as most of the artwork are urban sketches from Toronto. That's the fascinating thing about urban sketching. I get to show Toronto through my eyes.

I'll probably do more sketchbook tour in the future, it's really a question of taking the time to do it. I have a few sketchbooks that I can share online. This process also made me realize how much time I take to complete a sketchbook and that I need to spend more time sketching.

I hope you enjoy this format. If you have any particular questions, feel free to add them in the comments below.

Ideation without execution is delusion

"Ideation without execution is delusion" Robin Sharma

I believe I first heard this quote while listening to a presentation by Robin Sharma. It's something that I need to constantly remind myself because I'm really good a dreaming up ideas, get lost in the planning and visioning phases, heads in the clouds, and forget all about actually doing the work to turn these dreams into reality. It's important to dream, but it's also important to turn these dreams into reality, otherwise they don't serve their purpose. Whenever I get a piece of artwork done, good or not, I get closer to turning my dream of being a successful artist into reality. I'm also finding out that there are various layers to this reality. Creating the art is only the first step. Next is to bring the art in front of the people who are looking for it and will benefit from it. I'm also realizing that with the technology available today, art is becoming more accessible to a wide range of people with a wide range of budget. It's a great thing because it makes art more accessible as it should be. 

Clouds 01 (Original painting)

Clouds 01
Acrylic on panel

Clouds 01 is the first of a series of intuitive paintings of clouds I started in 2014. I just started to paint clouds without planing any particular shapes. Once the painting was complete, I started to look for shapes just for fun. It's become a bit of a game for me, like Where's Waldo : the cloud edition. In this one I see a flower, a donut, a contact lense case , a profile, a bowl, and blood cells. I'll probably keep finding new objects the more I look into it. 

What do you see ? 


If you like this design, you might like some of the following items in this collection. I'm quite fond of the way the clouds look on  the pillow. Should I do one without the quote? Let me know.