figuring: words and value and color and play

One of the many things I love learning from other artists is what their daily studio practice entails. What rituals they embrace to get into the flow of creativity. Often when the subject of creative flow and ritual, comes up, writer Stephen King’s name is mentioned....

being an art student again

“The answer is ‘YES!’ If you are asking me a question about your painting, the answer is ‘YES’!” His point being that most of his students are looking for permission to paint the way they want to paint — the way they’ve always...

creative change: shaking things up

To say I was in a funk is too strong. I guess you could say I’d kind of painted myself into a corner. However you want to describe it, I was ripe for a creative shakeup. Much as I love my work and love my life, earlier this year I was in need of a creative...

of pith, sharp vicious teeth, and free art

My high school senior English professor used to wear a pith helmet. I don’t remember the specific circumstances required for him to don the pith helmet, but they had something to do with intellectual pithiness. I also remember that it was rarely donned, but when...

back to the high meadows of new mexico . . . .

We had been camped on the far edge of the high south meadow. The evening before we were lead up a west slope trail, where, just beyond the ridge in the blaze of sun sinking quickly before us, we stood at a fence line, and watched color radiate from a point just beyond...