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Why Beauty Matters, Now More Than Ever

“Art once made a cult of beauty; now we have a cult of ugliness instead.” – Sir Roger Scruton, Why Beauty Matters, BBC 2, 2009 I just spent a delightful afternoon watching a film made by an unexpected ally: the … Continue reading

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From Indignation to Grateful Resolve

You’ve been there too, right? You know, those times when you’ve asked someone for a second opinion, they politely tell you the truth, and your response is to flinch, even bristle. “Harumph” is not the exact word I used. On … Continue reading

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I did a terrible job explaining viewfinders…

… but this guy does a great job. Our approaches are somewhat different, but the point is the same. He shows how to make a clear plastic viewfinder, as well as the “hole in the index card” style that I … Continue reading

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Time to do a DOUBLE TAKE!

As of 6pm, June 30th, 2022, the draft of my second book, Double Take, is now in my editor’s hands! His edited version of all 38,000 words should arrive in my inbox tomorrow. That will be the first time I … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Momentum Block an Insight

Have you ever purchased an art instruction book, brought it home, flipped through it admiring all the pretty pictures, then set it down to “read thoroughly… later”?  I’ve done that more times than I care to admit. Here’s my reading … Continue reading

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The latest finished sketchbook

I just finished a sketchbook that I began back on June 15th, 2019. An educational ending to a long process! The paper in this sketchbook is one of my favorites, the same as what was in the big square sketchbook … Continue reading

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Time for another episode of . . . The Restless Artist!

Today, the 23rd of February 2022, has been an unreasonably balmy day here in northern New England. Lately we have felt fortunate when the temps made it up to freezing, but today, thanks to insanely strong winds from the south … Continue reading

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“But in the meantime…”

I love that word, it describes a period of time that defies definition! Here’s what Merriam-Webster says: Meantime: 1 : during the time before something happens or before a specified period ends The new computers won’t arrive until next week, but we … Continue reading

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Learning how to slog, again

If this post sounds familiar, that’s good! It was originally published on July 15th, 2021 and soon after, I got cold feet. I mean, really cold feet. Cold enough for me to sign up for an eight-week online art course … Continue reading

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The Superpower of Now-and-Next

I recently returned from a four-day vacation to the coast of Maine, and realized that on vacation, it’s easy to slip into a different relationship with Time. At work, your Time is all tied up with other people’s Time. Time … Continue reading

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