Tag: making art

Shakespeare and nature

I recently took the family to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s hilarious-yet-touching production of As You Like It. At one point in the story, the exiled Duke…

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,…

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…

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…

sensing what is possible

So much of macro photography is not capturing what your eyes see, but what your gut tells you should be there. When the slightest move can cause an…

Getting past the overly-familiar

Certain scenes are so popular in nature photography, that their popularity drains them of any emotional significance. After years of seeing the work of Ansel and his imitators,…

back to making new art

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…

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…

telepathy, art and fire

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…

Finished vs complete

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…