Becoming Masterful

Susan M. Weinschenk, Ph.D., says, "Mastery is a powerful motivator." The smallest signs of progress can motivate people to move forward. This is the reason social sites display the percentage…

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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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Rotation Symmetry

I had a silly thought that symmetry was simple. After all, the basic element is a simple shape, so it should stand to reason that a symmetry operation would be…

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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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Layering For Depth

Digital artists heavily use image layering to build a finished work. It is a natural way of bringing ideas together and presenting them with poetic intentions. I've approached this subject…

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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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