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balancing life as an artist and 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 whatever idea that you have in your head about what being an artist is all about.” Trying…  read more


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 Peanuts’ holiday specials on DVD, and he began watching them over and over (and over). Within a…  read more


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Today is the birthday of Ted Geisel, Dr. Seuss. As an artist, he is one of my heroes. When people ask me which artists I have been influenced by, I look to people like Ted Geisel and Charles Schulz. Geisel was man who combined dizzying…  read more


Bruce Fraser

December 15, 2006 in Art as a professiontopics:

Bruce Fraser has passed away. Bruce is one of THE masters of digital imaging, color and photography. He has been a teacher to us all, helping shape and guide many people’s careers and art. We’ll miss him. If you’d like to send word to his…  read more


Jerome Liebling

Even though I attended Hampshire College, I never studied photography with Jerome Liebling. I was more interested in exploring linguistics and cognitive science at the time, and didn’t really get serious about photography until my 30s. But Mr. Liebling’s presence was everywhere at Hampshire, and…  read more


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 we enter the realm of art and science. If we trace out what we behold and experience…  read more


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 teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars. I have a formula…  read more


Feynman on the beauty of a flower

This video clip shows Richard Feynman, the famous physicist, recalling a conversation he had with an artist about appreciating the beauty of a flower. His friend had a typically narrow view of science, claiming that Richard’s scientifically-trained mind could not truly appreciate the beauty in…  read more


Oh how funny and strange

Stanislaw Lem died yesterday. His writing has had a great influence on me and how I see the world. His stories combined a clarity of thought and vision with a sense of awe and wonder. The universe is not a simple place, easily defined. It…  read more