Monthly Archives: November 2010

Audacious Pruning

My mentor and friend, Janet, posted this on her facebook page:  “Good time of year to audaciously cross things OFF the way too long ‘to do’ lists!” What a great idea!  You weren’t going to do them anyway (you have … Continue reading

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Beauty and Survival

It seems like I have been encountering a lot of interesting videos lately.  This one, by Denis Dutton, postulates a Darwinian theory of beauty.  Denis holds that an appreciation of beauty is universal, not cultural, or merely in the eye … Continue reading

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Vai Ability

Steve Vai is one of the most accomplished and skilful electric guitarists there has ever been.  When he speaks his mind on how to succeed as an artist, it is worth listening to.  In the video below, Steve tells other … Continue reading

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The Wholehearted Artist

Recently, I was introduced to a video by a very wise friend.  It was one of those moments where you are given it at exactly the time you need it most, when you are most receptive to it and when … Continue reading

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The Delicate Art of Self Assuredness

Artists walk a tightrope.  If they are overly and overtly self assured, it can be interpreted as pride, hubris and arrogance and people will tend to be harsh, critical, unappreciative and repelling in response.  If they lack self assuredness, they … Continue reading

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How Do You Know When It’s Time To Go Pro?

The short answer is:  “I don’t know.”  🙂 There are some things to consider, though.  I know that there is a temptation to get to a certain standard of work and then to decide “it’s time”.  At that moment, an … Continue reading

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