Monthly Archives: July 2014

Built In Assumptions

When we create, we draw upon our influences.  No artist can deny that.  The range and scope of our influences, the things that we took in at an earlier time as our signature absorption of our particular culture, provide the … Continue reading

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Demotivating Motivational Speakers

It’s amazing that a talk about rewards and incentives, intending to debunk them as a tool of modern business and using this as a springboard to introduce supposedly better motivational techniques, more in tune with scientific discoveries about what really … Continue reading

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Two Thoughts

I encountered two thoughts, this weekend, that have been on my mind, because I think they represent good advice for artists and for people in general. The first thought was that you shouldn’t be afraid of the future, you should … Continue reading

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Oil Painting With Baby Wipes

Every artist that works with oil paint knows that spills and smears happen and that having some of those moist baby-wipes in your kit is a very sensible precaution.  You know the ones.  They’re frequently used to clean messy baby … Continue reading

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The Inflexion Point

John Lennon, it turns out, was right.  We live in a pathocracy.  The gospel, according to John Lennon, goes like this:  “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.  I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Role in Consumerism

Compared to earlier times, most of the Western world’s middle classes are now drowning in stuff and in debt.  Their houses are too small to store it all, even as real wages have stagnated, over a period of decades.  There … Continue reading

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Because They Think It’s Easy

If you are an artist, I have some terrible news for you.  If you think that writing, drawing, painting, animating, film making or music production take skill, application, years of training and a good deal of creativity and discipline, you’re … Continue reading

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