Relationship advice — July 26, 2014

A good friend gave me some unsolicited advice this week:

"Pay more attention to your muse. No one likes a jealous muse."

Now this might have been said entirely in jest -- my friend has a delightfully wry sense of humor. Or it might have been relationship advice cloaked in a witty font from someone who has either been speaking directly with my creative muse or who is observing my artistic frustrations with an outsider's objectivity.

Isn't it true that most relationships suffer when one of the participants fails to show up regularly, or to pay adequate attention to the other? Relationships that matter aren't in name only and they really only work if all the participants show up regularly and contribute equally. Without similar committments of time and effort, the result is probably too one-sided to be a healthy, mutually beneficial relationship.

This showing-up-and-putting-the-work-in isn't just about human relationships, of course. It applies to all endeavors in which one desires to excel -- art, music, dance, writing, sports, education. It's difficult to think of a goal that can be accomplished by simply having a desire that remains unaccompanied by actual effort.

I know what it feels like to experience the green-eyed monster when I perceive that the other person devotes disproportionate attention elsewhere. By my "waiting for inspiration," and not regularly showing up and putting the work in -- have I really been doing that to my relationship with my art, even in the hyperbole of my friend's cautionary epigram? 

Maybe it was all a joke. But then again, I wonder...


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Artist Favorites & Recent Images — July 17, 2014

I have decided to reorganize my online galleries just a bit, and to provide the visitor with two easy points of entry into viewing my work, the first of which will be a composite gallery of the images that are my personal favorites, and which I consider to be my best work over the years. You can find this gallery here. And while I'm at it, I should do a better job of annotating  my images, so I'm going to start by adding comments to each of these favorite images. Look for the symbol under large images, which will indicate that explanatory text exists and can be accessed by clicking the icon.

The second new gallery contains recent images from my "Sketchbook." These are my newest creations, and some may still be works-in-progress. Now whenever you'd like to see what I've been up to, this gallery can be your first stop.

I also intend to blog more frequently than I have in the past few years -- posting new images, commentary, and who knows what else as I return to what I believe will be a more prolific period of creativity. I've also enabled comments for these posts, until and unles this proves to be a bad idea. So stay tuned for more thoughts from me, and check back often. (And if I don't keep my word about posting more often, please harrass me!)

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