My turn to bring a problem to the sub-group and to use 'drawing', which in this case was finger painting. I took an non-work problem, of lack of swimming teachers for a planned swimming session expressed as blobs of various colours.
* Needed to let go more before hand to conjure up an abstract image of the problem.
* Became too left brain by explaining rather than simply expressing. I should have suspended judgement more. Could have associated with words.
The painted response removed a gate/fence, turned sad faces into sun's and put a fish in the water with the swimmers. The perceived problem of swimming teaches locked away became a trip to the beach (good if you. Can plan in advance).
A table used for validation was successful, cross-referencing multiple pool related features to see what this offered in the way of an answer.
* There are other ways to use images to prompt comments.
* Could have created a rich picture (even hired a cartoonist or artist to do this).
To cluster or aggregate the ideas this chart was used (akin to those mileage charts in the back of an atlas). Objects/themes could then be matched and mis-matched for possible combinations and insights.
'For many of us drawing a picture is closer to how our thoughts grow naturally'.
Adapted from: Miller, W.C. (1987) The Creative Edge: Fostering Innovation Where You Work, Reading, MA, Addison-Wesley, pp. 91-5