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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Learning to See

Photographer and educator Bryan Peterson suggested an exercise to learn how to look at a subject like a tree.Using a single lens with fixed settings, approach the tree from a…

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Color Bias

People make associations with color. For example, Red gets associated with fire. White, with purity. Black, with darkness, and so on. Through our associations, we tend to make generalizations. For…

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Love After Love

Marcelle Quao is an educator in Ontario and a new friend of mine. We know each other through Seth Godin’s Creative Workshop, in which the idea of ‘generosity’ as a…

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In his books, Leonard Koren points to qualities that embody Wabi-Sabi - An aesthetic, philosophy, description of beauty, originating in Japan. In my photograph, I am attempting to capture:“Beauty at…

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The Perfect Nautilus

I saw this Nautilus shell on the table of a vendor at the Wednesday Market in Cascias. The man had several crystals and agates and shells. Having recently written about…

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Squaring Up The Square

When I studied electronics, I would listen to Bach’s Air on G String, written in 4/4 time on repeat. It was part of a memorizing technique I used to recall…

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Distribution in Composition

Here is a tool to make your abstracts more meaningful.Particularly in abstracts, the distribution of elements in the frame facilitates the viewer’s eye across the image. The eye is drawn…

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To Tidy or Not To Tidy?

Austin Kleon says, “When in Doubt, tidy up.” But what he has to say about tidying up is quite different from what Marie Kondo would teach. Austin says productivity does…

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Pay Attention to Lydia Knox
Lydia Knox Instagram Capture

Pay Attention to Lydia Knox

I want to tell you about Lydia Knox - an artist who is talented, resilient, and has put in the time and effort to become the person she is today.…

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Advice from the Bhagavad Gita

Advice from the Bhagavad Gita

In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna, the warrior, stands at the forefront of a fearsome battle. He is riddled with fear and doubt. Luckily, his charioteer is the God Krishna, who teaches…

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What Gets In Your Way?
The studio of artist Lydia Knox.

What Gets In Your Way?

Art is the expression of a life lived. It holds the thoughts and actions of the artist. Whether the viewer sees it or not, art holds the artist's hidden truths.…

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