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Do It

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.    – David Starr Jordan –


Failure is Your Friend

“An artist’s failures are as valuable as his successes…by misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is.”               

– Bridget Riley


Art & Fear

“…the seed for your next work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece.”

That’s a quote from this book:

Geoff Flack, one of the instructors at Gage, recommended it. If you (like pretty much any other artist) ever wondered about yourself as an artist and/or your work – be it writing, music or painting, you name it – you have to read this book. I did, it’s fantastic. In fact I just started reading it for a second time. It’s a quick read (122 pages) and every word is worth reading and thinking about.


Georges Braque – The Value of Art

“Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art; the thing you cannot explain.”

 – Georges Braque

My watercolor instructor says if the painting shows “everything” and does not leave room for the viewer to “finish” it it’s a boring painting – to say the least – or may be even a bad one. The Braque quote reminded me of that.

Have a great sunny weekend!




Practice Practice Practice

“The hard must become habit. The habit must become easy. The easy must become beautiful.”     – Doug Henning –

I really like this quote. The process he describes is so essential to creating anything beautiful in your life as in art. It’s practice practice practice, then it becomes habit and hopefully one day you create something beautiful.

For more on this subject I recommend reading this blog by Leo Babauta. Enjoy!


MLK, Jr. – Great Man, Ingenious Mind

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

Martin Luther King, Jr.