Why Do We Make Art?

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What I am pondering today: It is an interesting philosophical exercise to consider the joy and flow one can realize in the making of art juxtaposed with the not infrequent challenges of creating. Let's start with just why do we do this? There's…

Controlling the Universe ... Not

My wife Marsha and I attend the Unity Center in San Diego.  Sunday services are led by the Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell.  A week or two ago, Wendy  had this gem to share as a part the day's topic: "To the extent that we are controlling, we are…

Full Tilt Bozo

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Lots of people associate artists with madness.  Admittedly, we have our share of folks that historically were case studies for many generations of psychologists. Crazy is often a synonym for madness.  I look at it slight differently: You…

Finding a Place to Roar

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Here's a few lines from the book called "Why Make Art?"* "It must be nice to find a place to roar where everyone applauds instead of making you feel like a freak"  -From "I'm Dyin' Up Here" (Showtime series about the stand up comedy scene…

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic View

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"Mastery is a journey, not a destination.  True masters never believe they have attained mastery.  There is always more to be learned and greater skill to be developed" -Swimming Coach, Terry Laughlin Right now, this month / week / day ...…

The End of the Beginning: Je Suis un Artiste Émergent

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There are other places in this blog where I mention that I've been making art since I was 7 years old (etc etc).  All true mind you, but I've also been play acting at being An Adult Artist (capital 'As') for, oh I dont know, maybe 30 years. Yikes... I've…

Ferocious

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I just finished reading a book by an artist I have mentioned elsewhere in this blog.  "Outside the Lines" is the story of Bill Worrell's personal journey as an artist.  So many great stories and so many things that I resonate with at a very…

Bob Dylan Shaman

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"An artist has got to be careful to never really to arrive in a place where he thinks he is somewhere.  You also have to realize that you are constantly in a state of becoming, as long as you can stay in that realm, you'll be alright." -Dylan,…

Frequency, Vibration and Art

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As you may have noticed, this blog isn't just about art.  One topic that will keep coming up are the things that influence my art.  Energy, that's one of those things - I am convinced that energy, is a key, maybe THE key, entity that governs…

Reflections on Poetry

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I read "some" poetry growing up, not as much I suppose as I would have liked.  Wide swath of poets from TS Eliot to Walt Whitman.  I actually first heard of a number of poets listening to Dylan and Van Morrison; their lyrics are littered with…