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Sunday Feb 25, 2018

Protoartists Redux

Cave Graffiti

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Prehistoric painters didn’t make their images as art in the institutionalized modern sense.

These days, cave artists of eons ago would be described as self-taught and catalogued under the banner of Outsider Art—which is a unique accomplishment.

Monday Jan 08, 2018

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Modern Art explained:

Many have difficulty in appreciating modern or abstract works. Here is a guide that will take the pressure off while enhancing your art appreciation experience. What you see is what you get.

It is not a competition. It’s not looking for Waldo.


Sunday Nov 05, 2017


vincent by the sea
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:


“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

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.