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Speaking for myself, I am wary of what I call too much boast-and-toast talk. You know what I mean…those conversations that begin with “That’s interesting, but what I am working on right now is…” I think it can take the wind out of your sails. It’s like putting your project up for a vote depending […]

Artistic Anorexia

Many artists have an addiction to anxiety in place of art. I think of this as artistic anorexia. Just as those with an eating disorder can become obsessed with not eating, so, too, an artist can become obsessed with not making art. Anxiety builds, and anxiety is addictive. We become habituated to negativity, yet the […]

Art Is Not Self-Centered

One of the most damning beliefs perpetrated by our culture is the idea that our art is a self-indulgent pursuit. Our gifts come from a divine source, and using our gifts moves us toward our divinity. This is not selfish. It is our poisonous playmates who try to convince us that art is a self-centered […]

Finger Paint: Artist’s Date Suggestion

The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”– think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing […]