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Immortal Ephemera finally happened this month, and I had a wonderful trip to Seattle for the opening reception. Many familiar faces, old friends, and some new ones. Thank you Yeechi & Frank for being my gracious hosts, and sending me back to California several pounds heavier for all the fantastic food (Amy & Darren, you’re equally responsible, although I did manage to resist the chocolate). Thanks to Julie Baroh, Kathryn McDivitt, and Yvette Endrijautzki for the amazing work in preparing the gallery for the show, hanging and for having my art grace the walls for a month. Thank you Susan …

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Long Roads

It’s been a long road these past 6 months, painting all the pieces for Immortal Ephemera. The experience was a journey, pushing my artist limits. One week before the show opens, I find my art seems to have developed in a way that I never would have imagined a year ago. Or even half a year ago. I always find it interesting how the creative process is like a slow stream of consciousness that moves inevitably towards an unseen goal. “Unseen” because I think that the best evolution happens when you simply exist, and chase each spark of inspiration as …

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Sipping tea with your Muse

Mab of Dreams Only by fostering a facility with the vocabulary of your artistic medium of choice, can you begin to really free yourself to be open to being creative with it. The size of that vocabulary is another matter, and that’s about growth, improvement and development. These are important as well, and intricately linked to creativity, in parallel (more on that in a future article). But first let’s talk simply about the genesis aspect of art. Remember when you were in high school, doodling in the margins of your notebooks? Ballpoint pen and edges of blue-lined notebooks, with half …

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Abandoning the Preciousness

The most important thing about creating art is to create. If you want to be at ease with creativity, you have to immerse yourself in it, and do a little bit every day. Even if that little bit is only to take five minutes while waiting for the bus to come and do a gesture drawing of a man reading his book across the street from you. Or to take the moment to scribble down a thumbnail rough sketch of a concept that occurs to you. Do a little bit each day. Train your brain to think visually.   It …

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Conceptual Blending

The path of my career has often elicited surprise from people: the fact that I went from working as a software programmer for several years, before striking out to pursue art full time. And contrary to what some might suppose, I don’t dislike programming.  In truth, I enjoy the challenges of working with computer languages and designing program structures quite a bit. Not as much as I love (and need) to create art, mind you, but it’s a part of me as well.  Recently, while reading an article about author (and Physics PhD) Catherine Asaro, I came across the theory …

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My Favorite Trees

Some of my favorite trees, and the pieces they have inspired…. Enormous ficus tree at a botanical garden in Kauai, Hawaii. Standing next to it those roots came up to my waist in height. I love the way the roots swirl outward from the base, and have used that as inspiration for a number of pieces. Balance, and Black Knight of Midnight ~~~ Banyan tree in Kauai, HI, along a hiking trail. When Dragons Dream, Timepiece, and The Still and Silent Places  ~~~ Another banyan in Maui, HI. We called this one “the big ole tree ball”. It was a …

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