Tag Archives: Joy

Making Art In Dark Times

I think the thing I struggle with most is making art when my heart is aching. Unfortunately, the list of things that can make somebody pre-disposed to being an artist (a modicum of sensitivity and a heightened aesthetic sense, for … 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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Tragicians

It occurred to me, the other day, that there was no word I could think of to describe what I believe is a very large group of people.  Artists are particularly well represented in this group (perhaps over represented), but … Continue reading

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Going Through the Motions

Sometimes you show up to do your art and you’re just not into it. Your heart doesn’t sing while you create and you don’t particularly like the results you produce.  Is it worth going through the motions? I think it … Continue reading

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The Joy of Intuitive Anticipation

They say that guitar players’ brains are different to other people, in that they have a stronger tendency to synchronise with the music, at a biophysical level, and with other players.  According to studies, they temporarily switch off their consciousness … Continue reading

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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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In Praise of Skill

My art teacher and friend posted a link to this sardonic article on my timeline, recently: http://www.treeshark.com/treeblog/?p=1816 It was a tongue-in-cheek review of an exhibition of the works of John Singer Sargent, held recently at the National Portrait Gallery.  While … Continue reading

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