Late Night Painter Blog
Letting go of the worry turns out to be a key step in the artist’s journey to mastery.
Unexpectedly, while teaching art in elementary school, I experienced the strong connection between art and mathematics.
One can appear to be a whirlwind of activity and yet be filled with a longing for other people.
Some years, as All Saint’s Day approaches, I barely notice its entry, being overwhelmed by the loud drama of Halloween.
In scene after scene, whenever Sir Paul entered a house or a pub, people burst into radiant smiles and reached out to hug him as if he were their own brother.
As I walked backwards, holding the camera to my eye, a classic sixties Dodge Dart wagon came into the viewer.
The house now seemed like a charming and attractive home for grownups, instead of a large storage facility for popcorn kernels and singleton socks.
Recently, in the midst of my ordinary life, I got to be a rock star artist for a day.
I remembered how the past worked. Loneliness. Solitude. Quiet. Hour upon hour of nothing to do but read a book or take a walk.
With more time to think, one finds one's skills in life start to merge into one meta skill.
I knew the Mandalay Bay Hotel in happier times...
Doubt, fear, ecstasy, hubris, pretense: the agony of youth...
So, if you’re a young person, starting out as an artist, you must come to terms with this zen conundrum:
Art takes time and costs money.
For an artist, accepting the business of art is similar to what happens when a wild stallion is captured and thrown in a corral. However much you buck and stamp, you cannot avoid marketing. If you want money for your art, you have to put on a saddle and bridle and ride into town.
Every wondered what a painter’s day is really like? Smoking, drinking bourbon and painting a beautiful nude model? Find out...
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