Tag Archives: Success

Behaving Badly

We all know the cliché; the “Enfant Terrible” – the out of control, rebel artist, gratuitously strafing his way through excess drugs, booze and sexual debauchery, yet somehow (miraculously) maintaining a consistent output of brilliant, original, groundbreaking work. They abuse … Continue reading

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Is Art Disposable?

It seems that humanity has a schizophrenic attitude toward art.  Some works are considered scarce, valuable and precious and definitely not disposable, whereas other art forms are happily, gracelessly, casually trashed, without a care in the world.  We have funny … Continue reading

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Authentic Reinvention

What do you do when your life plans take an unexpected turn?  How do you recover from failure, or disappointment, or things not turning out the way you would have liked?  Having to rethink everything and start again, with almost … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know How to Make That

They don’t say it out loud, but you know it’s what they’re thinking.  In many creative pursuits (for example, writing software, or designing something), the maker will be asked to create something specific, according to some set of requirements, but … Continue reading

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Celebrity and Artistry

It seems to me that, as the economy has become increasingly unequal, most fields of human endeavour have reduced to a “winner takes all” contest, where the winner gets all the spoils and the rest barely subsist.  I’ve noticed this … Continue reading

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I’m Still Not What I Had in Mind

Many artists, myself especially included, live life with a peculiar, pestilent dissatisfaction.  It’s the feeling that all is not as you would wish it to be.  Essentially, the feeling can best be described as not yet being the artist you … Continue reading

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First Takes, First Drafts and Alla Prima Painting

I’ve come to a realisation.  Most of the art I make is presented as it came out.  I rarely go back and correct or edit.  Everything is more or less as it happened.  I need to understand why that has … Continue reading

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