Monthly Archives: August 2019

Pink WallFlower

There’s a draw to the fleeting connection through a reciprocal gaze. I can feel the visual suggestion of it in my upper chest. I had a chance to listen to Kandinsky talk about the use of color today and used some of his advise to make sense of this afternoon’s quick drawing. He said red is an activator color, it arouses attention. Got it. Green calms, used in conjunction with a horizontal movement, it helps anchor the image. Yep. Yellow radiates and moves energy towards the collapsing blue shadow. Makes sense. The figure is a play of warm color smeared white. It’s simple, but it works.

Swapping Perfect For Good Enough 

Out of necessity, in the absence of solid feedback, we learn to fall back on the reliance of a subjective self-evaluation of the work that’s sitting in front of us. One of the many questions that needs to be answered isn’t “Is it perfect?” Rather, one of the questions that needs to be asked in the effort to make compelling work is “What feels good enough?”

“Good enough” keeps the wheel moving. Good enough lets us explore new ideas and directions. Keeping in mind “good enough” isn’t the casting aside aesthetics in trade of something new, “good enough ” frees us to make the work that expands our possibilities and find what literally feels right.

Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. It not good enough, but sometimes all the little bits and pieces, the steps, techniques, and the processes all come together and really, really work well. Sometimes, if we work hard and free enough, we get to swap good enough with perfect.

Private Perception

The way that we use language shapes our perception. It’s a game of comparison, using nuances and specifics to focus attention to a detail or a set of details and then set them in relation to another.

Does the way art is used fall into this as well? It obviously has the potential to shape perception, but is it a language? I believe so… but it’s a private language. It’s the Blue Chip Art that escapes the confines of a private language, infecting a broad audience with a perception previously inexperienced.

…This isn’t that…

Screening In Rather Than Screening Out

Being yourself by doing more of what interests you is a sieve.

 We all come to the arts saying “Surprise me please”. Live up to the challenge! It’s a treasure hunt.  Let the sieve do its work. It doesn’t need to be about looking to see who got screened out, let your audience find you. I’m looking for who got screened in.

ps. It takes less energy to be myself and grow than it does to make myself into someone that I’m not.

 I’d very much like to hear your thoughts in the comments on how you use your work as a sieve for your audience.


Confession… it feels really good to see my past work pop up on other peoples feeds on Instagram. There’s definitely a chunk inside me that revels in being reminded that objects that I loved into being have been chosen by others and are now treasured objects in their their own lives.

Strange enough, currently I don’t think many people that know me through my work on Instagram know me as a ceramic artist. Hmmmmmmmm….

The Eyes Have It

The face is a landscape. It should be easy to see all the familiar features and note subtitle differences that makes each one different… faces are so familiar, it seems it should be relatively easy and intuitive, but instead it’s much wonderfully more complex than how it seems it should be.

A few months into learning to render peoples features and it’s inadvertently created a problem. Much too often during casual conversations, quizzical looks flash as I catch myself starring, mentally following the lift of a nose, the swelling of the lips, the shadows of the cheeks or depth of the brows…

“Are you starring into my eyes?”

“My apologies, Yes I am.”

“I’ve been learning to draw and I’ve been looking at a lot of faces lately… your face is very striking and quite lovely, my apologies for staring…”

It’s the start of a smile that’s reflected in the eyes.