Perhaps my art would percolate to the surface if I could paint with any sense of visual acuity. But I’ve stood at the blank canvas for so long the paint has dried on the palette into crusty cakes as useless to the brush as I am to mankind…
Essays and photos proliferated to more than 3000 blog posts a handful which are not too bad, maybe even sellable…
Have you ever noticed how chaos or chaotic situations are breeding grounds for punctuated creative output while order only manages to conjure incremental changes???
The mescal I drink is hallucinogenic and I am filled with dreams. ~Roger Moore For my very first trip to India, the International Health Clinic offered three types of anti-malarial pills. The one I was most interested in had the side effect of inducing vivid dreams. I fantasized a mind-altering experience providing creative fodder for […]
Life is a shitstorm, in which art is our only umbrella. ~Mario Vargas Llosa Life is a series of shitstorms punctuated by short seasons of calm, the ebbs between the onrush of shit flushed into serenity and smelly chaos. Most of my shitstorms have been self-induced, the result of poor choices, boorish behaviors, impulsive actions […]
Nostalgia is cowardice. ~Mario Vargas Llosa It is easier to dwell on the familiar past than address the unknown future. There are few mysteries with the past, the remembrance of problems filed smooth by time until they all but disappear and the past is a sanitized fantasy of rainbows and unicorns, a nostalgia bearing little […]
Funktionslust (German): The love of doing something merely for the sake of doing it, not simply because it’s likely to work. ~Seth Godin There are mornings my ritual writing ablutions feel perfunctory, a routine duty hastily performed to get it out of the way, to bolster my shaking claim at being a real writer and […]
If I had to give an opinion, I’d say they were paintings that weren’t really necessary. ~Haruki Murakami Is any art necessary? Objectively, it is pigment splashed on canvas, words inked on parchment, steel hammered into three-dimensional objects occupying formerly empty space. Completely unnecessary. Aesthetically, intellectually it may be pleasing, awe-inspiring to a subset of […]
The light expressed naked yearning when projected outside. Focused inward, it strove for completion. ~Haruki Murakami Light shines into me and reflects out through me. Is it the same light? No. It is bent, reshaped, refracted into new colors. Similar to a prism breaking light into fundamental colors but different in that the filters modify […]
It’s Thursday. It could be any Thursday in the half-year after bitter colds and before snows. They all start identical. My serene morning with the head bobbing pigeons scouring the ground for human detritus, one man’s garbage another’s treasure, sparrows flitting with the speed of slow lightning strikes alight on my table and stare into […]
One hundred virgins. Two hundred virgins. Somewhere between? All laying before me. Stacked one atop the other. Face to face. Back to back. Face to back. Naked all. My questions. How do I uniquely deflower each? How do I spread my goo until each is mine and no two are signatured duplicates?
The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson What is more worthy of worship…the created or the creator? Any act of creativity, of creation, is an act of devotion to a concept, an idea, an inkling, a form of worship for the creation created. Therefore to worship […]
Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community. ~Sherman Alexie I tend to rant about people developing and expressing those traits/gifts in their soul making them unique, making you uniquely you and to never, ever try to be a poor imitation of anyone else that ever has, […]
Without the bull, the Matador is nothing. ~Cristina García Tension is key to creativity, to creative solutions. Push me, pull you. The easy path does not require a unique solution, a new way of thinking to move from A to B. It’s a motion that can be undertaken without thinking, blindfolded, action repeated until it […]
You shall create beauty not to excite the senses but to give sustenance to the soul. ~Gabriela Mistral I jumped on the artist bandwagon partly because I wanted to create beauty, create pieces to dazzle an audience of devoted followers, legions proclaiming me the Messiah like I used to deify the musician Peter Gabriel. “All […]
Curiosity is the lust of the mind. ~Thomas Hobbes A facet of humanity setting us apart from but not above our animal and plant and mineral brethren is our seemingly insatiable curiosity. It is a human quality tempered by few things; The formal schooling designed to ensure we vomit out the answers to standardized tests […]
An artist is a creator driven by demons. ~William Faulkner I am haunted by demons. Three demons. The specters of ‘could have’, ‘would have’, and ‘should have’ constantly nip at my heels as I run blindly, wildly on a road to somewhere, to nowhere, to who the hell knows where, does anyone care where.
The best you can do is make art you care about – and lots of it. ~David Bayles The art I create always is a failure in my eyes. I want to create poetic images with a flurry of words, images evoking strong emotion in anyone stumbling into my art. But, I don’t sense my […]
Whoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. ~Aristotle It is in solitude I create order out of the chaos in my soul. Just as God, in the solitude of pre-time, spoke the shining light of life into existence forever annihilating black emptiness. God was lonely so created to fill […]
I don’t like writing on lined paper for the very reason I despise local borders, national borders, intercontinental borders. They limit thinking, handcuff creative instincts rendering us increasingly stupid. ~David Olson The greatest, creative minds thrive when allowed to frolic free in a mental landscape unregulated by arbitrary boundaries allowing them to explore infinite possibilities and […]