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Day 11. When your horse dies, get off.

“Courting approval, even that of peers, puts a dangerous amount of power in the hands of the audience...The audience is seldom in a position to grant (or withhold) approval on the issue that really counts-- namely, whether or not you’re making progress in your work”...

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Day 8. “Real” Artists

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Day 2: viewing vs. making

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Day 1: Face your fears

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Art and Fear

“Vision, Uncertainty, and Knowledge of Materials are inevitabilities that all artists must acknowledge and learn from: vision is always ahead of execution, knowledge of materials is your contact with reality, and uncertainty is a virtue." “You make good work by (among...

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Insanity or Jewel of Infinity?

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a...

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Wrong Kind of Noise

Noise. I talk a lot in this blog about making space for quiet, for focus, for art. This weekend I realized that there's good noise and the then there's the wrong kind of noise, and it's helped me set an new intention for my work. I live in a town with three rivers...

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Making the Unknown Known

                                “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing–and keeping the unknown always beyond...

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Ants, a Jalapeno, and the Bird Lady

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns…” Matthew...

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For Every Season: Giving an Inch, Getting a Mile

School has been out less than two weeks, and my kindergarten graduate and I have already been to the beach, cruised up and down the Tchefuncte river a handful of times, hit up the neighborhood pool, stayed up too late watching movies and eating popcorn, and made...

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Not Finished Yet.

  One step at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. One foot in front of the other. A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step....

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I found zen in a garbage can

If you had happened to drive by house this morning, you would have seen me crawled inside an overturned garbage can muttering what felt like futile prayers to St. Anthony as I slowly removed, piece by piece, those lingering bits of trash that cling to the bottom and...

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“People are hard to hate close up”

I’ve been really interested in faces lately, and I’ve been drawing/painting them... in my head. It doesn’t sound very productive, I know. Stay with me. I’m trying to see where colors are warm and where they are cool. Where the lightest values reveal themselves (the...

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Rainy Days and Virtual Lemonade

For months I had been creating work for the Big Easel outdoor art show in Lafayette, Louisiana. When a bride randomly emailed and asked me to paint at her Lafayette wedding the day before the show, I thought it was fate-- Lafayette and I were going to have a...

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Spring is like a perhaps hand

Spring is like a perhaps hand (which comes carefully out of Nowhere)arranging a window,into which people look(while people stare arranging and changing placing carefully there a strange thing and a known thing here)and changing everything carefully spring is like a...

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How to Price Art. How to Buy Art.

It never fails. I can tell someone the price of a painting, and, with a look of shock, they will walk away, whispering to a friend words like “outrageous.” Minutes later another person will say things like “reasonable” and “affordable.” Ever since I was little, my...

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The Art of Patience

The Art of Patience My son’s school is learning a new word. When I chaperoned a field trip a couple of weeks ago, I saw it accompanied by a simple, straightforward definition on posters as I walked the halls to his classroom. Later that evening, I opened his homework...

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Eliminate Distractions. Feed Focus.

I’m not sure I’m the best person to write about how to eliminate distractions, but I have been working on it. One of my mom’s favorite stories about my childhood is this: She’d send me upstairs to my room for some purpose, and I’d come back down nonchalantly, many...

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Pay the Bills, Feed the Soul

I heard this story of a famous guitarist recently. When interviewed and asked what he liked to play “for fun” he replied, exasperated, “Fun? This is work!” Painting has felt a lot like work lately, but last week I had the opportunity to spend three days in Fort...

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How to Slow Down Time

"Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast." --Shakespeare It’s been three weeks now, but I’m still thinking about my January 31 paintings in 31 days mostly because I miss the unique magic of the ritual-- the power to slow down time. When I looked at the date on my...

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