Voice Lessons

Most art forms – opera, dance, literature, theater, painting and so forth are expressed over time. The history of art is not the history of people who were most skilled at making things the most real – it’s a history of artistic voice, something that takes time to reveal itself. Voice is not about finding a style, but rather, finding something to say that will invoke a style and expression form all of its own. Finding ones voice ...

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Running In Place

The idea of ‘work-life balance‘ has many working way too hard at things that simply can’t be balanced. This is because work and life are not separate things, and in the ensuing exhaustion, (and to simplify life), we give up on things that are dear to us, which then leads to disappointment in ourselves for having failed the task. While it’s true that work, relationships, and self are the three basic things comprising a life, that these parts ...

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Voicing The Unknown

All great works of art have some vulnerability in its form. While every work of art aspires to perfection, there is always some flaw in play, which might explain why it’s rare to meet an artist who is actually satisfied with their work. Every artist is haunted by a few central themes, which again and again, they return to, hoping to excavate something new. The secret force behind the artist’s longing is to find their own unique voice, ...

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A Creative’s Manifesto

I commit to finding moments each day for silence and solitude, to make space for another voice to be heard, and to resist a culture of noise and constant stimulation.

I commit to radical acts of hospitality by welcoming the stranger both without and within. I recognize that when I make space inside my heart for the unclaimed parts of myself, I cultivate compassion and the ability to accept those places in others.

I commit to cultivating community by finding kindred spirits ...

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The Value of Copying

Students are sometimes told in their first art courses, that they shouldn’t copy, because it will prevent them from being original. This is poor advice, based on the false assumption that imitation stunts creativity. In actual fact, imitation may be a significant part of the quest to discover your own voice, and dismissing this activity could deprive you of a surprisingly valuable experience. There is overwhelming evidence that copying has been an important resource for innumerable artists. The ...

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