Category: Thoughts

Reflections on being a professional artist.

making what you love vs what sells

The writer Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, recently reflected on how he developed his business model. He drew two circles on a piece of…

shut up and make art

Every once and a while I need to remind myself of something important. That the primary job of an artist is… to create art. It’s not marketing, social…

Favorite picks from The Armory Show

I just returned from this year’s Armory Show. Wow, that place is crazy. An overwhelmingly huge warehouse of identical white cubes stuffed with art. It’s a gallery on…

a visit to my photographs

My aunt and uncle had the opportunity to visit the Miraval Resort in Tucson, where I have a number of photographs installed in the lobby of their spa.…

Getting past the overly-familiar

Certain scenes are so popular in nature photography, that their popularity drains them of any emotional significance. After years of seeing the work of Ansel and his imitators,…

how coding my website improves my art

This past week I’ve been hard at work on my website, improving the backend and adding new features. I am adding keywords to all my photographs, so that…

a little help from your friends

Sometimes you need the help of friends and peers to see the potential in your own art. I had spent yesterday photographing some flowers we picked up at…

Like Hubble images from outer space

Wendy Edsall-Kerwin is a jewelry artist and metalsmith who showcases a different artist each month on her blog. I am honored that she named me her July Artist…

revisiting old photographs

I’ve been spending some time this morning revisiting some older photographs of mine. I had stumbled across one from a couple years ago, and my first reaction was…

Making art every day

It has now been around ten days that I have been trying to make some art every day. And so far, it has been a success: you can…

Twitter and artists, part 2

Last year, I took a look at Twitter to see if it might work as a marketing tool for my art. And after playing with it for a…

An hour of art a day

There is a factoid that contrary to popular opinion, an artist will only spend 20% of their time actually making art, that the rest of their time is…

Advertising your art with Google Adwords

There is a question on the Art Marketing group on LinkedIn from the painter Jill Rosoff who asked “What kind of success has anyone had using Google Adwords…

Working in a DIY photo studio

Photography can be a very expensive artform. Each gadget and tool often comes with a hefty pricetag. And sometimes, the price is worth it. But other times, whew,…

Surviving as an artist in a bad economy

Sigh. Money sucks. Well, no, money is fine, just dandy in fact. It’s worrying about money that sucks. When I made the decision to become a self-employed artist,…

busy busy busy

Because half of my business is related to weddings, the winter months are usually my slow period. It’s the time of year when all the busy work grinds…

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…

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…

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…

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…