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Wednesday Mar 27, 2019

Art is Work


From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Milton Glaser, in the introduction to his book,  Art is Work, writes: “There seems to be much confusion about what we mean when using the word art. I have a recommendation. We eliminate the word art and replace it with work and develop the following descriptions:”

1. Work that goes beyond its functional intention and moves us in deep and mysterious ways we call great work.
2. Work that is conceived and executed with elegance and rigor we call good work.
3. Work that meets its intended need honestly and without pretense we call simply work.
4. Everything else, the sad and shoddy stuff of daily life, can come under the heading of bad work.

Wednesday Jan 02, 2019

Obvious Not


If not all are clamoring for your art, then take note.

From my groundbreaking book, An Artist Empowered:

No thing is obvious, a self-evident observation made by Edgar Allan Poe in The Purloined Letter.


Sunday Nov 18, 2018

Mission Possible

Finding Jordan

From my groundbreaking book, An Artist Empowered:

One of my preeminent and recurring realizations is this: that annoying self-defeating voice inside my head, the inner critic, is no stranger. I am talking to myself as you are talking to yourself.

Until you witness and diffuse this demonic-prone aspect of the psyche—ego—you are prey to the fear and doubt that it feeds upon. Aware of this codependent relationship, you confront and then extrapolate to understand a fundamental dynamic: if I were to allow rejection (or even something truly serious) to defeat me, then I have lost faith in my mission.

When the mission is clear, there is no ambiguity. Failure is when I abandon my gift. In turn, rejection exacts a degree of impact proportionate to the artist’s lack of purpose.

Rejection is a word, a reaction to action, not an eternal truth, or a life sentence.

Saturday Oct 13, 2018

Sing like a bird


From my book, An Artist Empowered:

When I asked Deepak Chopra what he would say to each artist about persevering over rejection, he told me this:

Every artist in the world should memorize and store this answer indelibly in their consciousness. Rumi, the 13th century Sufi mystic and artist said: ‘I want to sing like birds sing, not worrying who listens or what they think.

Sunday Sep 30, 2018

Is it art?

Traversing Dimensions

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Is it art because I say so, or because they say so?

To be seen you must be bold. An underlying and profound reason for having difficulty with rejection is that we are, to a significant extent, products of social conditioning.

We grow up with a skewed perspective of what is already a narrow view of the world. We are mostly judged by our possessions, which feeds a consumer driven society into excess, into gluttony, into mindless growth, and into the relentless worship of materialism.

If you are insecure about your inherent value as an artist, then even trappings of material success won’t soothe your anxiety. The upside is that you can expand your perception—at any time of your choosing—to see a more unadulterated worldview without the blinders imposed by yourself and the powers that be.

The truth isn’t out there; it is inside of you.