The one certainty in making art

A few posts ago, I wrote about letting go of uncertainties in art-making.  Like most, I keep bumping into this difficulty, and my lizard brain has recently been prone to such thoughts as "is this what I want to be painting right now?" or "what will my new boss think of this idea?" or "will... Continue Reading →

Creativity as competitive advantage – Part 2

This post is Part 2 of an exploration on creativity in the workplace, inspired after reading Josh Linkner's terrific book Disciplined Dreaming. I encourage my readers to pick up or download this book. As I did in the previous post on this topic, for now I am skipping the first four steps in Linkner's process... Continue Reading →

The incomparable Georges Rouault

"Anyone can revolt.  It is more difficult silently to obey our own inner promptings, and to spend our lives finding sincere and fitting means of expression for our temperament and our gifts."     - Georges Rouault, 1871-1958 My favorite artists for as long as I can remember have been the Spanish masters - Velazquez, Goya,... Continue Reading →

Creativity as competitive advantage – Part 1

I just finished devouring Josh Linkner's Disciplined Dreaming.  In it, Linkner asserts, in my opinion correctly, that we live in an era in which business cycles are measured in months, not years, and that the only way to sustain long-term innovation and growth is through creativity - at all levels of an organization.  Said another... Continue Reading →

Lessons from a fire

Last Thursday I watched in horror as my neighbor's house, which belonged to an elderly couple, burned down. I was even more horrified and saddened to learn later that evening that one person, the wife, was killed. Her name was Patsy. I did not know Patsy, but I saw her working in her beautiful garden... Continue Reading →

Letting go of certainties

I showed up at my computer early this morning with a fragment of an idea to build out in this post.  It wasn't coming out right, so I got up from my chair to get a second cup of coffee to clear the cobwebs.  I noticed the November issue of RealSimple on the kitchen table,... Continue Reading →

Speed it up

On Sunday, I walked into Michael's studio and immediately noticed that my painting - I'm still working on the study of Rouault's The Old King - was on the easel, but the photo of the original was not.  I was on to Michael and said, "You are taking away my crutch."  He replied that yes, indeed,... Continue Reading →

Inside the Painter’s Studio

Today I saw the phrase "show up" three times. The first time was in Seth Godin's blog around 7 am, where he reminds us that we have to do more than show up, that our job is "to surprise and delight and to change the agenda."  Around 9 am I got an email from a friend with a... Continue Reading →

American Airlines’ New Logo

First, full disclosure:  I am 8,143 miles away from achieving Platinum for life (FOR LIFE) frequent flyer status on American Airlines.  That means I've flown almost 2 million miles with the airline since 1995.  I've been a loyal customer despite luggage loss, two emergency landings, countless non-weather-related delays, and rude flight attendants.  American has delighted... Continue Reading →

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