Monthly Archives: April 2014

Blundering Toward Mass Psychopathy

I don’t like authoritarians.  I think they’re unwell.  I also think that the outcomes, for most people, of a predominantly authoritarian society are extremely poor.  So, it was with despair and alarm that I read the analysis contained in this … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Being An Enthusiastic Amateur and a Professional

This post has the potential to come across as a piece of moaning ingratitude.  I can assure you it is not that.  I feel very lucky and privileged to have earned, at long last, the opportunity to do what I … Continue reading

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Reverence for the Elements

If you are ever in a position to put a record together, there is something unexpected that happens to your thinking, in my experience.  I don’t know if this is a universal experience, because I can only comment on what … Continue reading

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Living in the Subjunctive Mode

I came across a phrase that I hadn’t heard before.  It was uttered by guitarist Joe Satriani, who was crediting a former guitar teacher of his with discouraging him from “living in the subjunctive mode”.  I had to look it … Continue reading

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Distraction Really Is the Enemy

If you read this post at all, you will believe it.  Every word of it.  At least initially.  You will only come to doubt it, or critically evaluate it, if you have time for quiet reflection on what it has … Continue reading

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Organising Your Palette

Some art books advise that you should always lay your colours out on your palette, in the same order and at the same positions.  The rationale appears to be so that you can mix your colours on your palette instinctively, … Continue reading

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A Sobering Thought

The people that need to change most, to become possibility thinkers and to bring creativity into their daily decisions and structures of power, will never read these blog posts (or any other material out there that covers similar subject matter). … Continue reading

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Let’s Just Pretend Everything is OK

There used to be a lot of respect for open debate, speaking your mind, holding opinions, debating them and having a point of view.  It was never more important than in the arts, where artists were often social commentators and … Continue reading

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Getting a Likeness

As a life painter, one of the things I struggle with most is getting a likeness of the model.  I’m getting better at finding the form of the body and limbs and at getting the proportions closer to right, but … Continue reading

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What the Hell is Wrong With You?

I’ve heard it said that you need to do two things, to succeed as an artist.  One is to be supremely focussed and the other is to be authentic.  And so there are definitely artists that are making their one … Continue reading

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