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Creativity and Fear

A quote from Seth Godin: The enemy of creativity is fear… In the long run, the enemy of fear is creativity. I’m sure of it. I disagree. The…

Art and Patience

I love this quote from Art and Fear, a book by David Bayles and Ted Orland: The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to…

Feynman on the beauty of a flower

This video clip shows Richard Feynman, the famous physicist, recalling a conversation he had with an artist about appreciating the beauty of a flower. His friend had a…

Digital is easy

In his blog, The Online Photographer, Mike Johnston commented that only a small percentage of auction house sales of contemporary prints were made digitally. In response, someone called…

Emotion of shapes

The Cognitive Daily has another interesting post, talking about how we assign emotions to graphic shapes based on how they are arranged. For example, a triangle that is…

Lem

Stanislaw Lem died yesterday. His writing has had a great influence on me and how I see the world. His stories combined a clarity of thought and vision…

New press for Modern Ketubah

My ketubah business, Modern Ketubah, recently got a couple nice mentions in the press. The first is a post called Ketubahs with Love in the blog Fresh Bride….

The manufactured vs authentic artist

Seth Godin has written an interesting essay on the difference between “manufactured” and “authentic”, which nicely illustrates a decision I had to face as a professional artist. I…

Balance

Things are definitely getting busy around here! As I mentioned before, one way I make a living from my art is by creating ketubot (a ketubah is a…

Gum

This story from the BBC made me laugh: Boy sticks gum on $1.5m painting. So I wonder, is he a trouble-maker or art critic? Or possibly a budding…

The process of seeing

In an article about how infants learn to see, the Cognitive Daily recently gave a good description of the process of sight: “When we perceive the world visually,…

Jackson’s first digital drawing

Jackson, who’s 20 months old, often visits me in my studio during the day. Usually it is to play with my spinning chairs, or crawl under the shooting…

Sharpening is like salt

I was just reading a photography forum where someone asked about sharpening: if you should do it when you convert the raw file, before your print, or both….

Finished vs complete

I often think back to an exercise that a philosophy professor gave us back in college. We were given a sheet of newsprint and a piece of charcoal…

Will Disney generate content or make art?

So it’s official, Disney bought Pixar. All of the news stories are revolving around the big players: Steve Jobs potential impact on Disney, or John Lasseter‘s new powers….