Not Knowing (what you're doing)?

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The subtitle for this should be "Get in Line" A while back I heard the expression "You should always be a beginner at something." To me, this goes beyond the macro of learning something new, whether its the oboe or Mandarin or patience. I…

Bringing Art to Life

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When you are an artist, do you become your art?  I have written about the flow state of creating, when you are so absorbed in your work that time suspends, flows happens and your creative powers/juices/mojo literally go on auto pilot. I…

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…

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…

Leonardo da Vinci, Autodidact

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Leonardo da Vinci is one of my favorite historical figures, he epitomizes the concept of the Renaissance Man.  He was also an autodidact.  I'm kinda like that, although I'm an amateur compared to Leonardo and others. One of the really cool…

Potential vs. Capacity

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Think about the difference between potential and capacity.  I have counseled my sons to "realize (their) full potential" - smacks of a self-help platitude but, it's sincere.  I've done the same to myself, feeling like I've sequestered myself…

Failure is a Learning Tool

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Listen, really listen, to some Dylan songs; there are plenty to choose from, impossible for me to have a favorite. Dylan's impact on popular music is incalculable; his impact on me profound. Favorite lyric #63: "There's no success like…

That Nietzsche Guy ...

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Nietzsche is one of those guys I’ve liked since high school. I took an existential lit class (thank you Shanti!) that opened my viewfinder WAY wide on authors and thinkers.  Not that he was an existentialist per se but he was a part of the…