365 Days is my personal practice of putting out words and images. My goal is to do a post a day for a year. In that time, I hope to transform myself and my art.

The Struggle With Habits

I have been trying to establish healthy habits for what seems like a million years. In September, I began a practice of keeping a habit tracker. I gave it a…

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Practice, Practice Practice

Radim Malinic, an award-winning graphics designer and the founder of Brand Nu, a Creative Branding Studio, writes about finding your creative voice in his 'book of ideas'. Like many others,…

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Where is the love?

Somewhere along the way of creating a daily practice, I turned making art into a discipline. It has become a militaristic habit, and in doing so, something got lost. I…

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On The Top

The upper half of the frame in an image is often a place of importance. Gods and Kings were placed in this area, often taking proportionally large space. You can…

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Distraction

There is a chill in the air in Portugal today. This is my 92nd consecutive blog post. I watch distracted along with the rest of the world the sport of…

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Ambiguity

In Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers Poets & Philosophers, Leonard Koren points to a description of Wabi-Sabi by contrasting the ideas to Modernism. He says Wabi-Sabi is “comfortable with ambiguity and…

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Purple Calla Lilies

The grocery store had a shelf of calla lilies. They were strange colors, blue, black, and this deep purple that felt like it would wash off with watering. Calla lilies…

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Dreaming of a Better World
A Tropical Kingbird flies over to a favorite perch, showing us the beauty of her perfect wings.

Dreaming of a Better World

Years ago, I was part of a spiritual group that followed a lesser guru. I changed my life in many ways to follow the discipline. Meditation was a regular part…

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Advice from a Mentor

I had a timely conversation with my mentor, Robin Griggs-Wood, today. I've been a bit stuck this week. Filled with doubt. I needed someone with a generous heart to meet…

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Are You Generous?

In Seth Godin’s The Creative’s Workshop 2, the word ‘generosity’ has changed how I think about the subject. I have always thought myself to be a generous person, but it…

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São Miguel, Açores

Richard and I spent a couple of days on the island of São Miguel, Açores, in Portugal. It was a welcome break from months of COVID-19 restrictions. We were there…

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Sobriety

There is an assumption out there that says artists need to be drunk or stoned to access their best work. I just want to say, for the record, for me,…

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To Sign or Not to Sign

I am undecided about whether or not to sign my art and waffle back and forth. When I sold prints, I included a paper containing a description of the print…

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The Flower of Life

Sacred Geometry was thought to be a view into the mind of God. The shapes and designs were used as guides to many works of art. They arise from a…

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Original Authenticity

I have probably written about this before, but it is worth reminding myself about again. It has to do with having original ideas. You see, I don’t have anything new…

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The Cheeky Vertical

The Vertical Line is energetically upbeat. It is the jump in the skip, the upward thrust. It is that which defies gravity, in which sense it knows something more. It…

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Soft Focus

As I look at my habits checklist today, it’s 4 pm and there is not a single check under any habit. My energy is low and my routine is skewed.…

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Make Art Like Noone is Watching
Drawing by Kai Patrick

Make Art Like Noone is Watching

To practice art, you need to believe in yourself. It has nothing to do with whether you are talented or not. It does, however, require that you think that you…

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Creativity is a Left Turn

Creativity pushes boundaries of the norm. It forces us to open our minds and accept a way of thinking that did not exist before. It is like taking left turns…

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