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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.

Saturday Jul 08, 2017

Problem is the Teacher

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Heatwave Dream

In my groundbreaking book, An Artist Empowered, I write about seeing things as they are in reality.

One such avenue takes us to understand that the problem is the teacher. If we allow problems to unsettle us into depression, then we have missed the object lesson. Detach yourself for a moment and observe what gem is well hidden inside the problem that you are now facing. Take a deep breath and enjoy the gift while letting the angst evaporate.

On balance, a great Indian sage observed: There is no problem.

The true artist will always find a way.

Friday May 05, 2017

Heed your Intuition

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An Artist Empowered

From my groundbreaking book: An Artist Empowered:

If you went to the art mecca of New York City to make your mark as an artist, you would find, in time, that many would offer you advice on how to proceed, or that it was impossible to succeed in this market.

Do not take anyone’s word as gospel—because, in truth, the path toward recognition is always unique and unknown. otherwise, everyone would already know the route, and that wouldn’t be so bad.