“Make a list of three artists whose work makes you uncomfortable. Then make a list of three specific things about each artist’s work that make you feel this way. Read the list back closely; ask yourself if there’s something about what these artists do that you share. Really think about this. It’s also a great…

Passing Through

A short story of excellence, dedication and perseverance & of the joy and importance of meaning-making: Ted Kooser (1939) was the 13th Poet Laureate of the United States and received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2005.

Art and Fear

Making art can feel dangerous and revealing. Making art is dangerous and revealing. Making art precipitates self-doubt, stirring deep waters that lay between what you know you should be, and what you fear you might be. I guess I mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again: Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards)…


I’m on holiday (=recharging) …; using An Absorbing Errand  by Janna Malamud Smith as a guide back into the world of creativity. True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the Point is not only to get out — you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand. Henry James from…


Louise Glück on creativity Claire Luchette: What are the seeds of your work? Do your poems grow from a feeling you want to convey, or a question you want to ask? Louise Glück: No. I never have the slightest thing in mind. In fact, I am suspicious of my existing ideas, my conscious thoughts and…


I’m reading Anne Truitt’s Daybook: The Journal of an Artist. It’s a beautiful and very insightful portrayal of the artist at work. Truitt worked in several medias, and I believe her Daybook will be of interest to all people making a creative living. Through reading Truitt one actually gets access to the creative process as it unfolds….

– art is the ultimate lifesaver

I got this great gift today, a link to beautiful speech:   In short: do the things only you can do – let go and enjoy the ride! Thank you Neil Gaiman, and thank you Peter for sending me the link! .

What do you think?

Dear widely read friends – have any of you ever read Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott and/or The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron I have jut started both, and would love to hear your thoughts & opinions

to do nothing is very difficult,

or; there is no such thing as silence – Just as Robert Wilson, I still find John Cage‘s Lecture on Nothing to be revolutionary new, this is how it begins (click on page to get a better view): Robert Wilson on Cage: To my mind Lecture on Nothing is text as music and theater, as philosophy &…


Introversion is different from shyness. Shyness is the fear of negative judgment, while introversion is simply the preference for less stimulation. In our society, the ideal self is bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight. We like to think that we value individuality, but mostly we admire the type of individual who’s comfortable “putting himself…