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Friday Sep 14, 2018

Innovation Redux

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Opening Night

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

I don’t know of any innovation in art that was generated by a grant or a fellowship.

I’m not referring to ideas or concepts; I am talking about innovation.

Tuesday Jul 31, 2018

Value Your Work

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Purple Haze: Ode to Jimi Hendrix

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Don’t worry about the rejections. Everybody that’s good has gone through it. Don’t let it matter if your works are not ‘accepted’ at once. The better or more personal you are the less likely they are of acceptance.

Just remember that the object of painting pictures is not simply to get them in exhibitions. It is all very fine to have your pictures hung, but you are painting for yourself, not for the jury. I had many years of rejections.

—Robert Henri

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.

Thursday May 31, 2018

Now you know, too

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Sous Chef

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

“In 1969, Steps, a novel, by Jerzy Kosinski, won the National Book Award. Six years later a freelance writer named Chuck Ross, to test the old theory that a novel by an unknown writer doesn’t have a chance, typed the first twenty-one pages of Steps and sent them out to four publishers as the work of ‘Erik Demos’. All four rejected the manuscript. Two years after that he typed out the whole book and sent it, again credited to Erik Demos, to more publishers, including the original publisher of the Kosinski book, Random House. Again, all rejected it with unhelpful comments—Random House used a form letter. Altogether, fourteen publishers (and thirteen literary agents) failed to recognize a book that had already been published and had won an important prize.”

—from Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews & Rejections

Sunday Mar 25, 2018

Man with Dog Novella Redux

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The Man with the Dog

My new novella The Man with the Dog is available on Amazon as an ebook for your Kindle or iPad. For yourself, and makes a great gift.

“Our escapades take us from the East Coast, California, Hollywood, San Francisco, and a trip to Europe, including Dublin, and to that other magical isle of Mykonos. Throughout the novella, we meet a lively cast of characters, including many who are well-known. What did Axel and Marlon Brando discuss regarding their movie deal? What unforgettable lesson did the great Zen master painter teach Axel?

“Will our hero persevere in his quest for meaning or be trapped by powerful seductions—from sexy women to untold riches, and the high life in the Hollywood Hills? You will want to know how Axel and his story comes to a finis. Have fun while learning a thing or two—especially about art, artists, and mentors. I did.”