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A baby marigold

Our kids gave their mother a marigold for Mother’s Day years ago, and each fall we harvest the seeds and replant them in the spring.

Paradigm – an abstraction of a leaf

My son issued me an artistic challenge today. While waiting for the bus, he picked up a leaf for me to photograph. When I asked him what he…

leaves found by my children

Many of my photographs are created from things my children find for me. One morning, we were sitting on our front steps, waiting for their bus to summer…

Vision, an abstraction of a fallen leaf ┬ęDaniel Sroka

Insight – an abstraction of a fallen leaf

Finding the image that is hidden within one of my leaves usually takes a lot of time and exploration. But this one came to me almost immediately. I…

All of my equipment packed up and ready to go.

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…

a new abstract of a fallen leaf

A couple days ago, I was picking up my son from camp. As we walked back to the car, I pointed out to him all of these little…

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…

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…

An artist’s obligation

“An artist’s obligation is to create and support his loved ones.” — Yuri Gevorgian Yuroz Amen. Seriously, what else matters? It is too easy to get hung up…

hungry for your art

What makes you hungry to make art? What conditions do you need to to be in to find enough fuel to fire your creativity? In his blog today,…

a benefit of working from home

Working from home can be tough. Working for yourself can be tougher. It’s hard not having an infrastructure to work within, guidelines that help you know what’s expected…

life as an artist/parent

My art group was recently talking about how having kids impact your art career, and Cynthia described it really well: “It requires discipline and a letting go of…

Crown Vetch ┬ęDaniel Sroka

a beautiful weed

My three-year old son present this flower to my wife as a present. It was such a sweet thing to do, I had to try to preserve it…

Thank you Charles Schulz

My nearly-3 year old just discovered Snoopy. He’s known about the Peanuts for a while, but recently he really connected with the stories. We have several of the…