Category: Thoughts

Reflections on being a professional artist.

Shakespeare and nature

I recently took the family to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s hilarious-yet-touching production of As You Like It. At one point in the story, the exiled Duke…

Scarcity

When I was a kid, scarcity was part of the music experience. We’d scour used record bins in the backs of stores for quirky or interesting albums. We’d…

the darkroom vs computer

In a way, a darkroom is just rough industrial age computer, one that uses chemicals instead of code. Both are machines, tools that let us resolve and visualize…

My love of leaves

You might have noticed that I love leaves. Especially the leaves of autumn, that have fallen from the trees and started to dry, color and curl. While most…

a treasure to photograph

Sometimes, even a simple task like walking the dog can yield a treasure of new things to photograph. This time of year, I am constantly collecting leaves, twigs…

kicking and screaming to make art

Last week, the writer and actor Wil Wheaton discussed some of the difficulties behind creating. He described how his friend Cory can just sit down and effortlessly write,…

advice to an art student – part 1

I received a great email the other day. A college student wrote to tell me: “You are a huge inspiration to me as a photographer. I wanted you…

collecting the new fall leaves

Summer feels like it just barely ended. But with the arrival of October (already?!), the temperature has begun to creep down, and the leaves have started to fall.…

Success

Just as failure shouldn’t be feared, success shouldn’t be placed on a pedestal. Success is neither impossible nor assured. It is just another part of the creative process,…

Failure

We are all so afraid to fail, or even afraid to admit it when we do. But failure is a normal part of life, especially the life of…

how a new collector chose my art

A new collector of my art shared with me how she chose my art for her home. With the art she selected and the way she installed it,…

learn the craft of selling your art

The incomparable Ze Frank just put up a video talking about living the creative life. Go, watch it. Wisdom is contained within. A lot of the “secret” behind…

The One

I’m on my fourth day of photographing one tiny maple leaf. Have taken 100s of shots so far, but the goal is to create The One. I’m getting…

thank you Ray Bradbury

When I hit the atmosphere, I’ll burn like a meteor.I wonder, if anyone’ll see me? Ray Bradbury has passed away. When I was a teenager, I devoured every…

Bach said it best

I was just browsing through Ted Orland’s excellent book Art and Fear, and came apon this great quote from Johann Sebastian Bach. After he wrote a set of…

small discoveries

I was having a hard time focusing on work this morning, so I decided to take our dog for a quick walk to clear my head. (I do…

the greatest poetry

“The greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson I’ve been…

Who has influenced my art

Artistically, I am inspired by a broad range of artists, cartoonists, and writers. Alexander Calder (sculptor) I love the whimsy and technical brilliance of Alexander Calder’s wire sculptures.…

a great year for leaves

This time of year, you’ll usually see me looking down at the ground as I walk, with a clutch of dried leaves in my hand. It’s leaf hunt…

how I name my artwork

The names I choose for my art all follow a certain style: short names of no more than two or three words, that are metaphorical, not literal descriptions.…

Thank you Steve Jobs

When I was 12, I earned my first computer by helping scrape a hundred years of paint off my uncle’s house. It was an Apple II, one of…

my job is absurd

My job is absurd. When I stop to think about it, what I do for a living is simply, utterly absurd. Today I spent hours staring at the…

organized chaos

After a day of work, my huge crazy pile of the detritus of nature that I collected last summer and fall has been sifted, edited, and organized. Every…

Back to making art!

After what feels like forever, today I am back to making art. And it feels great! The last few months been so busy (prepping for Artexpo, relationship-building afterwards,…

ignoring inspiration and getting to work

The comments on my previous post about inspiration being the reward got me thinking some more. I described inspiration coming as a result of my work, which is…

inspiration is the reward

Inspiration is a tricky thing, elusive, mysterious, and seemingly oh-so-necessary. As artists, we seem to be in a constant mad quest for it: despairing if we don’t have…

Mindfulness and my artistic process

I have always felt that my work has a strong affinity to resorts and spas, especially ones that place so much focus on your emotional well-being. While I…

home from Miraval

I returned home last Saturday from my week-long artist-in-residence program at the Miraval Arizona Resort. It was quite the trip, and something I am still processing, so you…

getting ready for my artist in residence

Next week I’ll be heading off to Tucson, to be part of the Miraval Resort’s artist-in-residence program. The past few weeks have been a scramble, a rush of…

why I do open editions

I don’t sell my art in limited editions. It’s a decision I made when I first started as an artist, and one I stand by. Here’s why: First…

slow art

I’ve never been very prolific. My pace is slow, almost glacial. One photograph can represent days or even weeks of work… preparation, shooting, editing, revising, thinking. My photographs…

sensing what is possible

So much of macro photography is not capturing what your eyes see, but what your gut tells you should be there. When the slightest move can cause an…

bon voyage old friend

I’m a photographer, which means I have a deep love for the tools of my art. You grow quite attached to the cameras, lenses, and printers that help…

Me and Georgia O’Keeffe

This winter I visited the Georgia O’Keeffe Abstraction exhibit at the Whitney Museum. It was a wonderfully-curated show that explored her groundbreaking beginning in abstraction, and traced its…