Tag Archives: Empathy

Do You Feel?

Artists ask just one thing of you: that when experiencing their art, you feel something. An artist’s role, in society, is nothing if not to elicit emotional responses from their audiences. Failing to feel anything at all – indifference – … Continue reading

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Things I Love About Making Art

If you’re like most artists (actually, most human beings), every now and then you’ll find yourself drifting, having lost sight of your goals completely.  You’ll feel like you’re going through the motions, but with little satisfaction.  That little self-critical voice … Continue reading

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Have You Noticed?

So many human interactions are enhanced by paying attention.  Indeed, the opposite is also true.  A human interaction can be rendered utterly worthless, bereft of content and destroyed forever, if you don’t pay attention. I’m increasingly of the opinion that … Continue reading

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Psychopathy and Aesthetic Sensitivity

If artists hold out some hope of freeing the world from the deleterious effects of the presence of powerful psychopaths, especially the psychopaths in charge, are we sure that psychopaths aren’t among the artists?  Will it be possible for psychopathic … Continue reading

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The Unintended Consequences of Encouragement

Some time ago, it occurred to me that while society is pretty obsessed with celebrating the successful (in fact, it’s pretty much all we celebrate), it’s not quite so willing to encourage people that aren’t successful yet to become successful … Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Hours of What?

It has been said that it takes ten thousand hours to become a virtuoso at anything you choose to pursue.  That’s an interesting number.  If you work at something for eight hours a day, that’s one thousand, two hundred and … 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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