19th century algae prints by Anna Atkins

These algae prints were misattributed for more than a century before art historian Larry Schaaf discovered that they were the work of British botanist Anna Atkins. As a pioneer of cyanotype photograms, a process in which sunlight (not a camera) imprints over objects on a piece of coated paper, Atkins produced the blueprints for a […]

Over and into the Rainbow Mountain in Peru

I visited Cusco, Peru nearly two years ago but somehow never heard of the Rainbow Mountains while I was there. These skittle-looking ranges also called Vinicunca, are a three-hour ride outside the Peruvian city. The red, yellow, purple, and greenish hues are a result of leftover mineral deposits from ice sheets that once filled the […]

‘Toys are preludes to serious ideas’

“Toys are preludes to serious ideas.” Charles and Ray Eames Those shiny toys, they give us all the answers and leave little to the imagination. What could unleash creativity like a blank paper does for a pack of gel pens instead turns off the lite-brite of ideas. Charles and Ray Eames knew about the risks […]

‘Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence’

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The desire and ability to press on has and always will solve the problems of the human race and divide those who achieve from those who might have been. Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Start the next one today’

I remember rolling the last page out and adding it to the stack that was the finished manuscript. Nobody knew I was done. Nobody cared. But I knew. I felt like a dragon I’d been fighting all my life had just dropped dead at my feet and gasped out its last sulfuric breath.   Rest […]

A curious rebel

When in doubt, you can always depend on your curiosity. It is the fire starter for all important questions. But inquisitiveness is not the only fuel you need. Sometimes you need an anarchic kick. The best medicine is straight up rebellion. When conviction fights convention and curiosity whets the mind, the amalgam produces an orderly […]

How to appear completely

It’s a place where we disappear, locked in thought of the imagination. The pen moves mightily, an effortful attempt to get locked in with each written word. Each sentence is a constant beginning, a chance to practice a stroke of brilliance. We just might get it, someday. Get what, you ask? Perhaps nothing but the […]

Art constitutes thought’s core

We don’t make art because we need to. We do it because we have to. It’s not just an addiction; it is therapy. Without our work or side projects we are an empty shell. Each project gives us meaning. Yet, the tendency to overthink our work’s value often misconstrues the act of performing it. Sometimes […]

Beware the mind virus

Creativity dwindles with age. First, school sucks it out you and then corporate work puts the nail in the coffin.  Patterns of normality and absolutes are leaches. Like a mind virus, they kill off organic reflexes whereas cultivating the imagination sings with possibilities.  If you’re lucky, you’ll have no choice but to follow the siren […]

Never a blank canvass

Remote but close enough to remain within earshot. The artist beckons for renewal but never wants complete anonymity. Purpose-driven, looking for a way of life rather than chasing the material. The artist strives to stay in form all year round like a professional athlete. Except his work never retires, it only gets ‘abandoned’ as Leonardo […]

‘I’d rather have average art and survival’

I know that I stopped thinking about extreme grief as the sole vehicle for great art when the grief started to take people with it. And I get it. The tortured artist is the artist that gets remembered for all time, particularly if they if they either perish or overcome. But the truth is that […]

‘Don’t water down your natural style’

What you love to think about, dream about, speak about, learn about and create about is your genius. Don’t water down your natural style or contort yourself into some idealized version of who you think you should be. The impulses that come from deep within are your guide track to greatness. We want you as […]

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