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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.”

Sunday Feb 25, 2018

Protoartists Redux

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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

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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.

Enjoy!

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.