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on boredom

An art student wrote to me today, and described how she was started to get bored with a project she was working on, and lacked the motivation to continue with it. Yeah, boredom can be a part of being an artist. We’re often told that…  read more


About the art: Intermezzo

An art student just asked me some questions about this photograph. They were such good, interesting questions, I wanted to share my answers with you all. Is there a story or meaning behind this photograph? The meaning of a photograph usually comes out after I…  read more


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 time to slow down, relax, and try to really see the scene in front of…  read more


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 that you really helped me develop as an artist and see the world in a…  read more


Good financial advice for artists

February 11, 2008 in Art as a professiontopics:,

John Scalzi, writer and blogger extraordinaire, posted some excellent financial advice geared towards new writers. So often people who give business advice artists come across as condescending or (worse) uninformed. (Did I ever tell you about the time I was in a business workshop for…  read more


the myth of the tortured artist

Our culture holds onto a myth that artists need to be filled with grief, stress and turmoil in order to create great work. That work that made about depressing topics is “better” or more serious that work made by happy, well-adjusted artists. But I don’t…  read more


Make a living from making art

When I quit my job to focus on my art full-time, I had a hard time finding any advice. Most people thought making a living from your art was an absurd goal — especially other artists. Here’s an example. I attended a roundtable hosted by…  read more