Tag Archives: Passion

Growing at Your Own Pace

One of the best things about a self-directed art practice, in my opinion, is that you can learn and grow, as an artist, at your own pace.  There are no externally imposed deadlines.  Nobody cares whether or not you reach … Continue reading

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Cheapness and Value

Lots of artists bemoan the fact that their work is undervalued.  When they adjust their prices downward, to sell anything at all, their work is regarded as cheap and is thus treated with a modicum of barely concealed contempt.  Why … Continue reading

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The Emotional Trauma of Trying Hard

A friend of mine said something profoundly interesting recently.  He said, “Seems to be a certain truth in the suggestion that the lessons you find it hard to learn keep on coming back… until you learn them.”  There are things … Continue reading

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It All Depends on How You Look at It

When I was a teenager, circa 1975, I had a band.  We liked to play loud and we practiced in the front rooms or garages of our parents’ houses.  Sometimes, if the weather was fine, we’d play on the back … Continue reading

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Unwanted Encouragement

You would think that encouragement is always welcome.  Who doesn’t need a little encouragement, from time to time, right?  I thought that too, but I’ve discovered that encouragement can be most unwelcome – catastrophically so – in some circumstances. We’re … Continue reading

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Life Support

Suppose you’re a chef.  You learn to make very good meals, of all varieties, over the course of a working lifetime.  You can prepare superb entrees, main courses, deserts, pastries – you name it.  You can cook in a variety … Continue reading

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Putting the Passion In

I saw something very interesting on twitter, the other day.  It was a video, posted by an accomplished cello player.  It was interesting because of what it stood for. The popular “Game of Thrones” series, made by HBO, has a … Continue reading

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