Monthly Archive: October 2014

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Balancing Chaos: Structure And Expression

The thousands of paint strokes that came before this one, all the training and practice, hopefully guide my exuberance to fulfill my vision. The elements, which make up the structure of a work of art, like the structure that holds the sun’s power in check, support and allow for chaos to manifest into coherent expression […]

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Boldly Exaggerate: Reality Is Not In A Mirror

When “good” drawing becomes the starting point instead of the finish line, when my goal is expression rather than rendition, I feel I am maturing. But it takes time and I should continue developing my skill because this is what frees creativity […]

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Work And Understanding: Why We Are Here

It sounds melodramatic, and I can’t really explain it, but sincere work allows me to see beyond my mortality, at least that’s how I feel (by “sincere” work I mean work you are passionate about). Maybe the act of working, in some mysterious way, opens the mind, and spirit, to the secrets of the universe […}

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The Process Screams: Work And Fulfillment

The artist’s mantra, still today, is “process”, though the definition has changed a bit. The doing of art–emersion in the process–is set high on a spiritual pedestal; it’s a pathway to God, a way of connecting to the soul or to the universe or what have you. I can’t dispute it, but I see a tendency to take something lauded from the past and imbue it with meaning beyond the original intent; it’s kind of like our elation when we see an old master’s painting that we had previously seen featured in books

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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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Shadow Of The Bear: The Power Of Art

But there is something here that transcends the everyday, transcends familiarity and size, something satisfying to the soul. It’s the seemingly simple things in life that give us the deepest satisfaction…I know it made me feel safe and comfortable–it was like I left all my cares in the car and stood before the shadow in perfect calm […]