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 project doesn’t mean that it will actually flow. It doesn’t make the door into the heart of the project any more clearly defined. Nor does it suddenly announce a logical starting point. Committing to a project only means that I have said that I am going to pull the idea out of the large file cabinet of my mind, dust it off, and... Read More

When an Idea Becomes a ‘Project’

One of things I want to do is examine my own creative process more closely. I’ve started a new project, so now would be a good time to start this process. There has been an idea bumping around in my head for years. I’ve been meaning to transfer it from my mind’s Potential Project file to the In Progress Project file. maybe I was waiting for it to transfer itself. It didn’t do it. Then it made the first move. At least that’s how it felt. There are many reasons (excuses) for not making the transfer earlier. The first is that it’s a big idea. I had, and still... 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 more than a thought experiment. There’s nothing wrong with my name, although Wilson isn’t terribly memorable or unique. I thought about including my middle name to be known as Leah Catherine Wilson. Or maybe just Leah C. Wilson. What’s kept me from doing it is the simple fact that I would have to go changing my... Read More

A Confession of Narcissistic Fear

Why Lines and How Did They Come to Dominate My Painting? Those of you who have known my work for some time may be thinking that this recent obsession that I seem to have with lines as of late is something of a large and abrupt departure. After all, these lines are so regular, meticulous and straight where any line that I created in the past was probably anything but. I have to admit, creating a painting of thick, regular lines come as sort of a surprise to me too. But continuing to create even more paintings of lines comes as even more of a surprise to me. Because it intrigues me that I can... Read More


On a recent trip to New York City I visited the MoMA and the Guggenheim. Both museums had world class shows that I loved. But I had two very different experiences. The MoMA was absolutely crowded. I’m not sure if the fact that it was St. Patrick’s Day and the MoMA is far too close to the city’s St. Patty’s parade for comfort helped or hindered the museum’s attendance that day. But it wasn’t the crowds that bothered me. It was the crowd’s phones. In each gallery I saw the same phenomenon: people would stream in, phones in hand, and walk up to a... Read More

Artists Should Be Compensated for Their Work

Artists Should be Compensated for Their Work “Artists Should Be Compensated For Their Work” View Revisions Submitted by ninapaley on Mon, 2009-09-07 18:11 (Translations: Polski.) Nina Paley is the author of the freely-licensed hit animated film Sita Sings the Blues, among many other things, and is Artist in Residence at She is also a committed Free Culture activist who writes frequently about copyright and how the permission culture affects art and artists. This phrase comes up in many discussions of copyright: “Artists should be compensated for their... Read More

Art World vs. Stock Market: which is more corrupt?

NPR’s Intelligence Squared Debate:   On Ethics, Is Art Market Worse Than Stock Market? Hear The Debate Listen: The Edited Broadcast Of The Debate add | download Listen: The Unedited Audio Of The Debate add | download      Kevin Wick Panelists for the Feb. 3 debate included (from left) Jerry Saltz, Amy Cappellazzo, Chuck Close and Adam Lindemann. Longview Photography, February 11, 2009 · In the current economic downturn, much attention has been paid to the volatile stock market and efforts to overhaul financial regulations. But there’s another market out there that some... Read More

Support the Arts, Our Cultural Legacy

An article published by the Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraska. By Kathryn Cover Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 – 12:18:08 am CDT What defines a culture? This is a big question, especially for Americans who have such a diversity of cultures. When I was in school and learning about all the ancient cultures of the world, we were exposed to the visual arts, performing arts, architecture and literature of a society to teach us about that culture. What will people be taught about us in a hundred years? In our current economic distress, government and corporations are all looking for ways to save money.... Read More

The Importance of a Cohesive Show

Friday I wandered through Eugene to get a sense of what is showing around town this month.  As I perused different galleries, one question that came to mind is, ‘what makes a successfully cohesive show?’  I’m not sure that I would be able to comprise a laundry list of do’s and don’ts, a checklist of what and what not to do.  I don’t think I would want to be that restricting.  However, there are certain things that I can confidently say do and do not work in the shows I visited.  I will use three venues as examples:  Maude Kerns Art Center, Fenario Gallery, and... Read More

Oregon Misappropriation of Oregon Cultural Trust Funds to Fill State Budget Gaps

Mary Nolan of the Oregon House of Representatives recently approved the reallocation of funds raised by the sale of the Oregon Cultural Trust license plates from the Oregon Cultural Trust to a general fund to balance the state budget.  The funds earned by the sales of the plates were specifically designated to support Oregon arts and cultural organization.  The government, however, felt it was their right to take $1.8 million of funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to disperse across the spectrum of the $855 million dollar shortfall in the Oregon budget.  Please... Read More

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