Year: 2008

leap second

This year, the powers that be have decided that we need an extra second added to the year. It’s an trivial amount of time, simply required to make…

Work in progress: Glass slipper

This past week I’ve been working on a backlog of photographs I had taken throughout the year, but never got around to editing. One batch in particular was…

the leaf hunt

As autumn gives way to winter, my ketubah business tends to slow down, and I find more time to spend working in the studio. Autumn is a important…

Selected for Typologies Group Show

Three of my “Fallen Leaf” abstracts have been selected to be part of the group show Typologies in the current issue of Fraction Magazine. A typology is “the…

maple tree seed

After a very busy September, full of print schedules and marketing plans, I finally got to spend some time in the studio shooting new photographs. I’ve been able…

Fear, creativity, and the stock market

While continuing our conversation on creativity and fear continues over on this post, I realized that the recent insanity in the stock market gives us as artists a…

Check out my new Facebook page

My grand exploration of the social web continues! I have been using Facebook more and more lately, not as a business tool, but as a way to keep…

Conversation on creativity and fear

Two years ago I wrote about the relationship between creativity and fear. This past weekend, the conversation got reignited by a couple new visitors to my blog, and…

pick a direction then do it loud

For the past few weeks, I have been working on my marketing plan, trying to figure out who I want to market my art to, and how I…

Rewriting my artist’s statement

I find that one of the biggest challenges I face as an artist is writing my artist’s statement. Putting your vision and artistic ideas into words is a…

Selected for exhibition in New Orleans

My photograph Flight (an abstraction of a maple tree seed) has been selected to be in the exhibition “Elemental/Environmental: Space” at the New Orleans Photo Alliance, juried by…

Twitter and artists

As Twitter gains popularity, there have been suggestions that artists should embrace it as a way of promoting themselves. But I’ve decided that it doesn’t make sense for…

failing in order to succeed

There is a great video of Ira Glass of This American Life giving advice to people who want to create stories. He’s good some very down-to-earth advice that…

back to making new art

This morning I started work on some new photographs. This is the first time in months that I’ve worked on anything new, and it feels good. The past…

the camera changed the way we behaved

I wanted to share this clip from This American Life, beautifully animated by Chris Ware. It is a story about a class of 5th graders who began making…

refining, editing and polishing

In my last post, Angela was curious about how I carefully refine and polish the photographs I take, as opposed to just trying to capture the ‘decisive moment‘…

spring cleaning

I have been working diligently for the past month on improving my website, making sure that all of the photographs I show on my site are ones I…

making it better, part 2

I wanted to show an alterate version of the photograph of the Japanese maple leaf I had in my last post. This version shares the same balance between…

making it better

I love it when I revisit an old photograph, and suddenly I see how to make it better. It always amazes me when this happens. A photograph that…

art for the eyes and ears

In my last post, I ranted a bit about how artists are expected to be “deep”, while musicians are allowed to just play. Zak commented that he thought…

I ain’t that deep (a mini-rant)

Why are visual artists always expected to have a deep pyschological or political meaning behind their art, while musicians are allowed to just play and enjoy the act…

quest for brown, revisited

Once again I have found myself spending an inordinate amount of time seeking out the perfect shade of brown. The brown of dried leaves, of old wood, of…

finding your true fans

Kevin Kelly’s article 1000 True Fans has been buzzing around the internet these past couple days. In it, he describes how he believes how “anyone producing works of…

Juried shows: a follow-up

So, I just learned that I didn’t make the cut for yet another competition I entered. Sigh. So annoying. So hard not to get frustrated. But the stats…

Thank you Gary Gygax

Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, has passed away. I know that a lot of people dismiss D&D as a joke, something that geeks should be…

Artists need blogs!

By now, all artists have heard the advice that to be successful, we need to have a blog. It’s now a classic bit of advice that get handed…

Good financial advice for artists

John Scalzi, writer and blogger extraordinaire, posted some excellent financial advice geared towards new writers. So often people who give business advice artists come across as condescending or…

macro photography ain’t for whiners

Anyone who does macro photography knows that it can be a pretty physical experience. A long photo shoot can really take a toll on your body. Leaning over…

An artist’s obligation

“An artist’s obligation is to create and support his loved ones.” — Yuri Gevorgian Yuroz Amen. Seriously, what else matters? It is too easy to get hung up…

sound of the new year flying by

It’s another new year. To borrow the wisdom of Douglas Adams: I love new years, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. It has…