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Sunday Nov 18, 2018

Mission Possible

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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.

Friday Jun 22, 2018

Proper Attitude

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Summer Solstice

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Without the proper attitude, you will never get off the ground, let alone fly. This is as true for a kite, airplane, sailplane, jet, and the space shuttle as it is for you.

Sunday Nov 05, 2017

DIVINE FIRE: DEDICATION, NOT MADNESS

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Vincent by the Sea

From my groundbreaking book, An Artist Empowered:

Van Gogh has become the cliche of the mad artist ignored in his time. But, if one reads Vincent’s lucid letters, it’s clear that he excelled in writing, too. He expressed himself well in matters of awareness, Eastern Philosophy, his time and surroundings, life, science, and his art.

Vincent Van Gogh also had a reverence for the eternal Buddha.

Van Gogh certainly wasn’t attached to the old school of European art; neither was he held hostage by the arbitrary rules of Impressionism, the modern art of his era. Vincent’s enormous influence on Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, and Abstract art was the result of risk, not appeasing the crowd, or even Theo—his brother and patron.

As fellow artist Gauguin wrote in a letter of 1889 to Emile Bernard: “What would you rather have? A mediocrity which pleases everyone or a talent which breaks new ground? We must choose if we have free will. … Attacks on originality are to be expected from those who lack the power to create and shrug their shoulders.”

The price an artist must pay for divine fire is dedication, not madness.

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017

Know Thy Own Self

From my groundbreaking book, An Artist Empowered:

BE A CAUSE, NOT A CASUALTY OF ART

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

—Albert Schweitzer

Monday Jul 17, 2017

Teach without Teaching

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Apt Students

From my groundbreaking book, An Artist Empowered:

“Teaching without teaching ? said the young Zen disciple. “Is that truly possible?”

“Yes,” replied the master. “When the student learns without learning.”

There is more than one way to gain knowledge, and that insight alone is enough to get things going.

I sat in the class with what seemed an acute case of acid reflux. This was English 101, and I was a college freshman. The bushy bearded Professor Fulton had a reputation for being aloof and tough, which spelled a major problem for me.