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PERSIST AND DO THE WORK… OR GO BACK TO MISSOURI

ART THEORY / CINEMA / LITERATURE / OUTSIDE NEWS / 2021-03-23

“When things get tough with that rewrite, and you’re starting to see this whole dream fall apart… who are the ones that actually stay in for the long haul? Often it’s narcissists. Often it’s people with big egos. It’s people who really think they’re interesting.  + 

ART IS NOT DEFINED BY ITS MODE OF CONSUMPTION

ART THEORY / CINEMA / PAINTING / ESSAYS / 2019-08-31

People who claim that an art form is defined by its consumption method continue to amaze (aggravate?) me. According to them, next time you buy a painting to hang on your wall, remember that outside the museum, it won’t be a piece of art anymore.  + 

YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR TALENT

ART THEORY / MARKETING / LINKS / 2019-03-05

Artists with a large and diverse network of contacts are most likely to be famous, regardless of how creative their art is. Specifically, the greatest predictor of fame for an artist is to have a network of contacts from various countries. https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artists-famous-friends-originality-work  + 

MONEY = ENERGY… FOLLOW THE MONEY TO GET TO THE ENERGY

ART THEORY / CINEMA / ECONOMICS / PHYSICS / ESSAYS / 2019-01-29

Energy is what constitutes and organizes matter (and antimatter ? ). Prana is an Earth-local, Vedic special interpretation of it. Money is an Earth-local, economic interpretation of it. Follow the money and you’ll follow the energy that constitutes and organizes matter. If you really want  + 

SUCCESS IN ART IS PREDICATED ON TOLERANCE

ART THEORY / PSYCHOLOGY / ESSAYS / 2017-02-26

Success in art is predicated on tolerance: tolerance to stress, tolerance to the unknown, tolerance to failure, tolerance to social pressure. Some of it is built-in, hard-coded with your DNA. Some can be modified and improved with discipline training, emotional awareness / control / sublimation,  + 

BERLIN VIOLIN STUDENTS DATE MUSIC STUDENTS WHO SUPPORT THEIR PRACTICE

ART THEORY / PSYCHOLOGY / REVIEWS / 2016-11-29

“Not only did the Berlin violin students spend most of their time with other music students, but they also tended to date music students or at least others who would appreciate their passion for music and understand their need to prioritize their practice.” Anders Ericsson  + 

DIANE ARBUS LAST SUPPER

ART THEORY / PHOTOGRAPHY / PSYCHOLOGY / ESSAYS / 2016-07-14

On Monday, July 26, 1971, Diane Arbus wrote the words “Last Supper” in her diary. She placed the appointment book on the stairs leading to the bathroom. She swallowed a large dose of barbiturates and, still in her clothes, laid down inside the tub. Then,  + 

MAKE ART OR HAVE KIDS?

ART THEORY / PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2014-03-03

Having kids is a weak argument for dropping the ball artistically & professionally. Kids would prefer parents they admire past their teens. Oh, and if you’re projecting your lifelong dreams onto your kids… that’s a big no-no. They won’t be correcting your own life’s mistakes.  + 

WHY ART WAS INVENTED BY PRE-AGRICULTURAL HUMANS?

ART THEORY / ESSAYS / 2014-01-31

My revelation: art was invented by pre-agricultural humans as a way to do something with all the spare thinking time. Life was much more physical back then, a lot of time to think and dream and imagine.  + 

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