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Wednesday Mar 27, 2019

Art is Work

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Backstage

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

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Bollywood

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.

—Eden

Saturday Oct 13, 2018

Sing like a bird

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Meditation

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?

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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.

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.