On Inspiration

Chuck Close famously said “Inspiration is for amateurs- the rest of us just show up and get to work.” This is a quote I’ve written across the top of my weekly calendar and recalled in conversation several times this year.  It accurately describes the difference between the professional artist and a hopeful.  The professional does […]

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Pacing

Working in the studio generally involves a rather different pace than more quotidian work.  At times it is hard to shift into “studio pace” if I have spent the morning or the prior day doing administrative tasks, bookkeeping, or meetings.  When doing office-type tasks, I work as fast as possible.  Every movement, every thought, proceeds […]

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Story Time

Stories.  My studio sessions range from 2 hours to 12 hours per day, depending on the type of work I am doing and the available time.  My goal is to spend all my flex time in the studio.  I generally achieve 80% of this. But here’s a thing I notice. Sure, I might get started […]

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Pavlovian Conditioning

You can train yourself just like you train your dog. Sound and Scent Triggers. The concept behind creating a trigger is simple.  It is a form of classical conditioning (think Pavlov).  If you have ever trained a dog, this should be easy to understand. With dogs, it can take just a handful of repetitions for […]

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Tiny Tiny Task Lists

When I make wishlists, the thing I wish for most is more time.  More time to learn and develop new skills, more time to write, meditate, reflect, draw. More time to study languages and read. More time to make art and still attend to all the other responsibilities of life.  More time to sit in […]

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