Tag Archives: Passion

Why Play?

As children, we play. Nobody has to compel us to play or tell us how. We just do. We make up the games we play, using our imaginations. It comes pretty naturally, for most people. We play as a childhood … Continue reading

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Creativity is Fragile

Some people think great creative works fall from the sky abundantly, like rain, rather than being being the unique and irreplaceable products of literally years of preparation, training and work, that means each one can never be replicated ever again. … Continue reading

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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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