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Creativity and Efficiency

In art, as in most things in life, creativity and efficiency co-exist in tension. If you optimise on creativity, it often isn’t very efficient. On the other hand, if you’re obsessive about efficiency, that can easily drive out creativity. The … 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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Bringing Your “A” Game to Collaborations

There is an unconscionably cruel joke which asks, “Was Ringo Starr the best drummer in the world?” to which the riposte is, “The world?  He wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles!” For those that aren’t aware, it’s a … Continue reading

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Regaining Focus

One of the well-known and oft-documented side effects of dealing with the loss of close family members is loss of mental focus.  You just can’t get it together to read anything or make anything.  In fact, your risk of accidents … Continue reading

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Letting Go

Grief and creativity seldom sit alongside each other very comfortably, even though the latter can be the cure (or at least a genuine comfort) for the former.  Still, the thought of creating anything, of having to make aesthetic choices and … Continue reading

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Chasing Your Tail

Have you ever seen a dog chase its own tail?  It’s a spectacle that is both bemusing and somewhat alarming.  Here is a supposedly sentient creature engaged in something that is utterly pointless and completely impossible.  If they ever catch … Continue reading

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Can you create yourself to death?  Is it possible to try so hard, for so long, to reinvent yourself and to produce creative things, of quality, that you perish in the process?  Everything you make takes energy.  If you keep … Continue reading

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