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The Artist’s Block

Recently, a friend asked me for advice because she had begun to dread going into the studio. I took the question very seriously because while a musician, I had a full on, catastrophic block that led ultimately to my putting … Continue reading

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On Emotion And Drawing

The question arises, how does one express or capture emotion in a drawing? I can tell you with certainty that it doesn’t happen through copying the form or appearance of an emotional subject. One of the worst art shows I … Continue reading

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Jann Dryer, Where Is She When We Need Her?

These days, I often find myself playing the role of the old guy who thinks all the new work sucks compared to what people made during my time as an emerging artist. I am particularly offended by most of what … Continue reading

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First Impulse / Just The Facts

I have been reading a book by a friend lately. The friend is new to writing. Something about the quality of the writing was distracting and uncharacteristic of how experienced writers write. Finally I figured it out. My friend was … Continue reading

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Embracing The Preverbal In Art

I often encourage students to get out of control while drawing. Picasso is actually quoted as saying, “when I am working, I’m not conscious of what I’m putting on the canvas”. I’d say that’s pretty out of control. Control, for … Continue reading

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Death, Loss, Genius, and Motivation

  For many years, I have been surprised that incredibly influential bands often come from regional centers that are nowhere near the heart of the music industry. The Beatles came from Liverpool. U2 came from Dublin, Elliott Smith from Portland, … Continue reading

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Drawing As Reading

  I wanted to repost this early blog entry because it is central to how I think about drawing and very few people saw it.  One of my greatest pleasures is using drawing to read the world, that is, using … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet, More on Story Telling and Drawing

  Imagine you wanted to become a playwright. One great play to learn from, to even base one of your plays on, would be Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Copying Romeo and Juliet on a copy machine wouldn’t make you a … Continue reading

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Why Conceptual Art Is So Horrifically Boring

Every art involves some physical motor activity through which the artist expresses responses to the generating material, say a model, a character, a story, emotion, or theme. Dancers express through movement. Actors express through movement, gesture, and speech. Musicians create … Continue reading

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Appalachian Spring

  Consider Aaron Copeland’s symphony, Appalachian Spring. Somehow there isn’t a single sound of a cricket in that damned symphony, nor actual water sounds, no wind sounds, nothing that one would actually hear in Appalachia. Was Copeland some kind of … Continue reading

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