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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 2

An art student ask for some advice about how I make my style of art. This a continuation of what I wrote back to her. Once you have…

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…

discoveries while walking the dog ┬ęDaniel Sroka

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…