Tag: on art

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…

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…

art is not essential

I’m in an online class with a group of artists, and the other day someone mentioned that they believed that art was essential part of society. Everyone agreed,…

a tree falls in the forest

Today on her blog, Alyson Stanfield coyly asked: If you create something and no one else ever sees it, is it art? I think some of the best…

The morality of a photo

There is a conversation happening over at The Online Photographer about a Daguerreotype that Jerry Spagnoli took of 9/11. It is a haunting, spooky, and unsettling look at…

Take a number

You have to applaud this guy for originality. We’ve all seen art as performance. Now witness art as web business. He paints 1000 small canvases, each with a…

Einstein on art and science

“Where the world ceases to be the stage for personal hopes and desires, where we, as free beings, behold it in wonder, to question and to contemplate, there…

Creativity and Fear

A quote from Seth Godin: The enemy of creativity is fear… In the long run, the enemy of fear is creativity. I’m sure of it. I disagree. The…

Art and Patience

I love this quote from Art and Fear, a book by David Bayles and Ted Orland: The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to…

Emotion of shapes

The Cognitive Daily has another interesting post, talking about how we assign emotions to graphic shapes based on how they are arranged. For example, a triangle that is…

The manufactured vs authentic artist

Seth Godin has written an interesting essay on the difference between “manufactured” and “authentic”, which nicely illustrates a decision I had to face as a professional artist. I…

Balance

Things are definitely getting busy around here! As I mentioned before, one way I make a living from my art is by creating ketubot (a ketubah is a…

The process of seeing

In an article about how infants learn to see, the Cognitive Daily recently gave a good description of the process of sight: “When we perceive the world visually,…

Will Disney generate content or make art?

So it’s official, Disney bought Pixar. All of the news stories are revolving around the big players: Steve Jobs potential impact on Disney, or John Lasseter‘s new powers.…

Disney and Pixar

I find the news that Disney may acquire Pixar to be a little sad. This small, independent, and highly creative force will soon become just another “unit” in…

Perception of emotion

I recently discovered a fun blog, the Cognitive Daily. I concentrated in cognitive science and linguistics in college, and my studies perception, language, and metaphor have been a…