Monthly Archives: May 2012

I Painted a Tree

I don’t usually paint trees, but had the chance to do so yesterday and I was pleased with the result.  Some kind friends asked to see it, so here it is: (50 cm x 60 cm, oil on canvas)

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Where are all the Stars, Simon?

For a decade now, Simon Cowell has been presenting the spectacle of a fight-to-the-death sifting for real, enduring talent:  the sort of talent that has the X-factor.  The search has been for stars of such perfection and fully-formed impregnability that … Continue reading

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David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence

Nice video from TED on how to build your creative confidence.  David Kelley is the co-founder of IDEO.   The transcript (from the same site) appears below: I wanted to talk to you today about creative confidence. I’m going to … Continue reading

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A Room in Which You Can Never Make Mistakes

I’m not feeling all that brilliant right now, so many of my in-flight creative projects have suddenly ground to an enforced halt.  I get bored by that.  It’s not a comfortable feeling for me.  My head is full of frustration … Continue reading

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What Do You Care About?

I used to think that nobody cared.  That’s not quite true.  Lots of people care, but it has to be said that the world is also quite full of people that don’t care.  They’re indifferent.  They’re not concerned.  Some actively … Continue reading

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A Sweat-less Fretless

I’m not bass player.  I’m a guitar player.  “Two very different things”, to quote a small, furry, fictional, insurance-peddling meerkat.  However, I play bass well enough to get by in recording my own demos and such.  I don’t spend much … Continue reading

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Long Forgotten Melodies – Listening to Ghosts

I like to work (i.e. paint, write, do my day job) with music playing (except when I am writing songs, when I need to listen to my own music).  I find that music helps me organize and clarify my thoughts … Continue reading

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