Empty Virtuosity & The Tyranny of Technique

Empty Virtuosity & The Tyranny of Technique

  I think the idea of empty virtuosity comes up more often in music than in painting, but it is everywhere in creative pursuits. And it is deeply related to last week’s critique of art criticism. In music, it is associated with performers who have...
Artist Manifesto: A Critique Of Art Critique

Artist Manifesto: A Critique Of Art Critique

  For seven years now, we have drawn parallels between art, mathematics, and science. We are careful when we bring up mathematics, because we know that equations can have a toxic effect and scare off artists. But art critique can be even scarier than a few rhos,...
Cultivating Your Studio Practice: The Power of Starting

Cultivating Your Studio Practice: The Power of Starting

Cultivating Your Studio Practice: The Power of Starting Starting is probably the greatest challenge of all creative enterprises. Zero to one, from nothing to something. Why is it so hard sometimes?   The nature of things is resistance to change, while the nature...
Finding Creative Inspiration & Abstraction

Finding Creative Inspiration & Abstraction

  Finding Creative Inspiration & Abstraction   Last week, we were at a family reunion on a lovely lake just outside of Bellingham, Washington, very close to the Canadian border. It was full of family reunion type things, the babble of conversation, boats...
The Adjacent Possible Never Stands Still

The Adjacent Possible Never Stands Still

The Adjacent Possible Never Stands Still   As some of you may know, our daughter is studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.     Scotland   Like many aspects of the adjacent possible, this would have been very hard to predict not that...