Thoughts

My thoughts and experiences on art, making art, and the life of a professional artist.

the darkroom vs computer

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 captured data….  read more

February 02, 2016    

My love of leaves

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 people see…  read more

September 22, 2014    

a treasure to photograph

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 and bark…  read more

September 08, 2014    

kicking and screaming to make art

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, while for…  read more

February 05, 2014    

advice to an art student - part 2

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 taken the…  read more

November 21, 2013    

advice to an art student - part 1

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 know know…  read more

November 06, 2013    

collecting the new fall leaves

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. Yes, my…  read more

September 30, 2013    

Success

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, that ongoing…  read more

September 18, 2013    

Failure

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 an artist….  read more

September 12, 2013    

how a new collector chose my art

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, I believe…  read more

May 15, 2013    

learn the craft of selling your art

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 living a…  read more

April 12, 2013    

The One

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 close, but…  read more

January 04, 2013    

thank you Ray Bradbury

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 book of…  read more

June 06, 2012    

Bach said it best

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 training pieces,…  read more

May 16, 2012    

discoveries while walking the dog ©Daniel 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 some of…  read more

April 27, 2012    


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