tag: making art

kicking and screaming to make art

February 05, 2014  in  Art as a profession related posts:

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 him, it is a slower and more challenging process. We have all known people like…  read more


Bach said it best

May 16, 2012  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

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, Bach said that he wrote the music to: “…glorify God, to edify my neighbor, and…  read more


shut up and make art

March 11, 2010  in  Art as a profession related posts:, ,

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 networking, nor applying for shows. My job is to sit in that studio, and sweating out new…  read more


back to making new art

June 05, 2008  in  About my art & Art as a profession related posts:,

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 few months have kept me very busy. A good kind of busy, getting things done that needed…  read more


art for the eyes and ears

April 03, 2008  in  Art as a profession related posts:,

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 this could be because of a key difference between visual art and music: “…music takes place over…  read more


telepathy, art and fire

November 03, 2007  in  Art as a profession related posts:, ,

In science fiction, whenever a character develops the ability to hear other people’s thoughts (like Parkman in the show Heroes), they go through an intense struggle to control their gift. If their telepathy is left unchecked, outside thoughts constantly flood in from all around, and…  read more


The morality of a photo

September 22, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:

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 a scene we have all (unforunately) seen over and over. His use of the Daguerreotype forces you…  read more


Finished vs complete

February 07, 2006  in  Art as a profession related posts:

I often think back to an exercise that a philosophy professor gave us back in college. We were given a sheet of newsprint and a piece of charcoal and told to “make a mark on the paper”. After some perplexed looks, we all scribbled some…  read more