Don’t Recreate The Picture

I went to one of those painting events. The task sounded simple enough – here’s a picture, here are the same pigments the artist, along with the same tools – brushes, stretched canvas, easel and sundry mixing palettes. Now, go recreate the picture. Sounds simple but it’s impossible. When I was a child, my family…

Blast From The Past

On this day in 2016, I wrote this story. I am sharing it today because maybe you’ll enjoy seeing what kind of fiction I was cranking out a year ago. source: Happy Birthday Song It’s his birthday today. Fifteen years ago today, for the first time, I bought him a birthday card. It was yellow….

Art Effects

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island Yesterday, I told you that recently, I’ve been expressing my thoughts through sketching and doodling. I’ve been flipping through how-to books and watching YouTube tutorials on drawing cartoon figures and the very act of drawing is…

Using Media For Inspiration

Most of media consumption this week has been from YouTube – watching and contributing. Two videos I posted lately that you might not know about if you don’t subscribe to me there (hint: you should!) … a little chat about what I read in August where I try to figure out if I prefer male or…

Eavesdrop Inspiration

… at Starbucks and there are three men across the table from me. I’m sitting at the “community table”, trying to write, to work on my made-up stories but their conversation is infinitely more interesting to me so now I am distracted. The two younger men are business partners, the older one is some type…

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“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what…

Week End

I came across this temporary mini art installation in my neighborhood on Friday. Of the 9 pieces on display, this one is my favorite, although I can’t explain why. Maybe because it is utilizes waste material, maybe because it looks like something a collector (read, hoarder) would construct from a junk drawer that she claims consists…

The Kindness Of Strangers

A few days ago, I took a different route home. I didn’t know why but I felt the urge to walk down a street I don’t travel often. At the intersection, I spied something in the middle of the road and I passed it by, like everyone else did. But then I crossed the street again…

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“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe It seems only fitting to use a quote from…

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Pablo Picasso said “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Most of Picasso’s artwork was abstract – not to show life the way it is but the way he saw it, the way, perhaps, he wished it was. All art allows us to do that – the novel, the movie, the painting, the sculpted…

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Or so said Pablo Picasso My parents gave me numerous sketch pads when I was a child and I filled them with drawings that to me were masterpieces but might have just been a step above the anatomically…

An Impossible Goal

Every Friday evening, you can go to the Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York for free. A company (it used to be Target, now it’s Uniqlo) sponsors free tickets so anyone can go in to view the exhibits. But since admission is free, the museum is often crowded. When I was in college, my Art…