Category: In The Face Of Adversity

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Rejection: A Warm Blanket

Rejection soon becomes a warm blanket that proves to yourself that you are working and, therefore, progressing, not chasing the phantom of success who disguises himself with compliments and medals […]

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THE BROKEN COLUMN

How does one muster the wherewithal to work in the midst of great adversity? Years ago, when my wife had cancer, one very caring professor (I was in college at the time) told me I should do some pieces thusly based but I never could garner the enthusiasm. I wondered how Frida Kahlo could do it–work within her great adversity–enduring severe back pain in her case […]

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THE DISCIPLINE TO STRUGGLE

“Project yourself 5 years into the future. Now look back and tell me what you want to see”,  I tell myself. Was the struggle worth it? If you haven’t made a dime was it still worth it? Projecting myself into the future makes me think clearer about the current situation and realize that it is indeed temporary—change will come one way or the other and the future will come.

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Group Discussion: When Is It Ready For The Trash? Part II

Part 2 of 2. I recently began a discussion on Linkedin.com on the question “how and when does the artist know, while in the process of doing a piece of art, that the work is not going anywhere and must be destroyed or redone”. Question: “I know you’ve heard the question ‘when is a painting finished?’ My question–when is a painting ‘finished’– ready for the trash […]

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Group Discussion: When Is It Ready For The Trash?

I recently began a discussion on the above question at Linkedin.com in the group True Artist: Living The Art. Here are some interesting insights on my query from other artists with my responses. Question: “I know you’ve heard the question ‘when is a painting finished?’, my question–when is a painting ‘finished’– ready for the trash […]