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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Give Up Television

I was not allowed to watch tv as a child (Thank you Mom!) As a teen it was more permitted, but by that age I had lost interest.  As a young adult, in the early 2000s, TV was not compelling. Then came the golden era of television when internet streaming became truly prevalent. The twenty-teens.  […]

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Rewards

I have been working on a long project that has several dozen distinct points of completion.  It is a body of work that encompasses many discreet pieces. Early on, I set up a reward system for myself.  Every ten pieces complete, reward. The rewards are things that are: supportive to the project, useful tools, creative […]

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About This Site

Hello There.  My name is Brook. I’m writing this site to document tools and strategies that work well for working artists.  These are my questions: How do I stay motivated? How do I stay productive? How do I keep completing work? How do I share work? I am deeply grateful to the work done by […]

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