The Way It Is

The Way It Is There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change.  But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies... Read More

Tim McFarlane

I’ve recently discovered Tim McFarlane’s work. The more time I spent with it, the more it intrigued me. Check it out for yourself. Below is an interview from Artblog Radio. And if you want more check out Tim’s blog where he writes articulately about... Read More

Creative DNA – Memory

What is the first creative moment you remember? Was anyone there to witness it or appreciate it? Twyla Tharp, in her book The Creative Habit, includes a questionnaire as a tool for self-discovery. I encourage you to take the questionnaire with me. Here are my first two answers.

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Day Job

Lately, as life would have it, I’ve been dealing with more obstacles to the creative process rather than to the creative process itself. Studio time has become more scarce. Much more scarce. I needed to get a day job a few weeks ago. It severely cuts into my art... Read More

Starting

That big project that I had in mind, the one that I have formally announced that I am starting… Yeah, that one. It’s not exactly rolling smoothly and effortlessly. The creative wheels haven’t started to churn efficiently. Just because a commitment is made to start a... Read More

Mojo Costume

Many artists have undergone name changes. Pen names are common enough for authors. But why? What advantage do you get with a pen name? Identity Crisis I’ve thought about the possibility of changing my name professionally, but it never developed into anything... Read More

7 Creative Ways To Make Eggs

What Is Creativity Anyway? It occurred to me that although I do something considered creative I was still unclear what the word creativity really means to me. Sure, I could go to a dictionary to find a definition (and in fact I did, but it didn’t help at all). I want... Read More

Nathalie Miebach Translates Weather Data Into Form And Sound

Nathalie Miebach articulately explains the systems that she creates that dictate the shape of her sculptures and music: ‘it is the numbers that control the form, not [her]…. and together these variables not only construct the form, but they also reveal behavioral relationships that may not come across in a two dimensional graph.’

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Some Creative Habits

Ever curious about other people’s creative process, I recently picked up renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit: Learn It And Use It For Life. Tharp weaves insight into her own creative process within a very practical guide to honing... Read More

Fire

I have been waiting for this for months. Finally the prairie has been burned. I started to doubt it for a while because it hadn’t happened, but we’ve gotten a few considerable rains already this fall. It’s all about timing. The first place I headed... Read More

How Shea Hembrey Became 100 Artists

This is a new favorite TED Talk find. I’m feeling a tad bit envious of Shea Hembrey. Not because I wish I had done what he has, I don’t wish that, but because I love the way that he asked a question that was based on the frustration he felt with the... Read More

Uncreativity

Art is theft – Pablo Picasso I want to just cut and paste the article It’s Not Plagiarism. In the Digital Age, It’s ‘Repurposing.‘ by Kenneth Goldsmith. I know that the author would have no problem with it, but the Chronicle of Higher... Read More

Artists: Write It! Speak It!

Myth #2: Art speaks for itself. Words and language are unnecessary since art is a visual experience. If you it doesn’t speak for itself it’s not doing its job. If you don’t understand it, you must not know anything about art.
Making art consists of a series of choices to simplify and eliminate information.

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Two Myths That Just Get In the Way of Art

Art is part of the human experience that has evolved with us. The fact that so may people don’t know how to talk about it or feel intimidated by art illustrates to me that there is a disconnect between what we perceive art is or should do and our actual human experience with art.

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Fear, Sex Toys and Driftwood

The fear never goes away The day after I wrote A Confession of Narcissistic Fear, I came across a podcast conversation by Dave Charest and Kesha Bruce addressing How to Squash Your Fears and Advance Your Artistic Career. This is a great conversation to listen to if... Read More

What If There Were No More Art Galleries?

I found this from Baang and Burne as I was surfing the web. Great questions… I printed it out and put it in the entrance to my studio to give me some food for thought. There are a lot of assumptions about being and artist that I find I need to revisit on a... Read More

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