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How the Landscape Changes as the Artist Matures

I’m a gigantic fan of Robert De Niro’s work (the actor, not the painter). I still remember my astonishment upon first watching Taxi Driver. I’d never seen acting as powerful as De Niro’s in that movie. I continued to savor … Continue reading

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Warming Up

I was making yesterday and I realized something about the nature of warming up. If I don’t warm up, I immediately start making decisions. The point of warming up, for me, is to get to a place where I am … Continue reading

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The Education of a Young Artist

I wrote this biographical self-portrait for my friend, David Biespiel, having so enjoyed his book, The Education of a Young Poet As a child, I was exposed to aesthetics via three vehicles, my father’s love of music, my father’s love … Continue reading

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On Intolerance And Authoritarianism: The Future Of The Democratic Party

Years ago, a Luxembourgese architect and urban design theorist named Leon Krier came on the scene. He was a firebrand. He felt that mainstream architects didn’t understand the nature of cities and were destroying cities all over the world through … Continue reading

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Recent Drawing

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Recent Painting

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Separating The Wheat From The Chaff

One of the greatest challenges for early makers is letting go of successes that happen early in a piece. I vividly remember when that was difficult for me. I felt strongly that I didn’t know what I was doing. When … Continue reading

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Listening

Recently, I have been playing a lot of archtop guitar, especially exploring single line melodies. Because I have been making physical modifications to the guitars I’ve been playing, I have been listening particularly carefully while playing. Also, the specific instruments … Continue reading

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The Value And Necessity Of Poor Choices

I have returned to painting recently after years of concentrating mainly on my guitar making and drawing. As I walked through the studio today, I noticed a painting I had been working on yesterday that, today, looks dreadful to me. … Continue reading

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The Bridge, Expression And Structure

Think of a bridge across a river. To build such a bridge, one has to begin building toward the center of the river from the land on each side. For the longest time, until the two sides meet, the bridge … Continue reading

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