An Artist’s Prayer

Dear God, You make, I make.  You make me to make.  What am I to make today?  What are You making today, and what is the plan for how our making?   In every small corner of every large nation, human beings are setting out to take disparate materials and fashion them into a piece …

Cynics: Passionate Creators in Distress

Rosamund Stone Zander (family therapist) and Benjamin Zander (conductor of the Boston Philharmonic) pointed something out in their book The Art of Possibility that brought me up short in my reading this morning. "A cynic, after all, is a passionate person who does not want to be disappointed again."  And "the secret is not to …

The Spirit’s Arrival: The Wait is Over

What can an artist take from the story of what Christians call "The Day of Pentecost?" In Christian teaching, the day of Pentecost is the day on which the Holy Spirit of God first took up residence in the hearts of those who follow Jesus Christ.  This same "Spirit of God" is the one who …

Mediated Mania: The Artist’s Energy

I'm riffing on a chapter in Eric Maisel's book Coaching the Artist Within, wondering what you think.  I want to invite you to comment upfront on how you generate the energy and capacity to see a work through to its end.  Do not read into this that I'm running out of energy for my current …

Two Pennies Left: Why The “How” of a Thing Matters

FYI, up front, this post is not about flowers.  It is about content and form in art-making, conversation, and relationship.   It's about the connection of human essence and identity to the fundamental, structural realities aesthetic forms demand.   It's about the challenge of creating art wherein form and content create a unity of power …