Category: Creative Process

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Great is the matter of birth and death

I woke up early this morning and created this digital collage. The Art Department’s office manager, Sue, died unexpectedly this week. She will be greatly missed. We’ve had four deaths within our department in...

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Trusting the Process of Art-Making

What does it mean to “trust the process” of art-making, or image-making, or writing, or creating anything new in the world? “Trust the process.” Sounds suspicious. Sounds unfocused. Definitely over-used. But trite clichés invariably have...

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We Are Constantly Arriving

I ran across these notes in a sketchbook: “The process of making — the experimentation and joy in the making, the unexpected surprises along the way — this is the goal. Final art is...

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The Body Electric Poetry Film Festival

“The Mantis Shrimp” video/film/poem has been juried into “The Body Electric Poetry Film Festival” in Fort Collins, Colorado. The screening is May 4. You make something; you send it out to the world; and...

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When You Truly Understand One Thing

William DeBuys, in The Walk, a chronicle of years spent walking the same path on his land in the Southwest, says that “a species of hope resides in the possibility of seeing one thing,...

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We Can Live Any Way We Want

“We can live any way we want,” says Annie Dillard in her essay “Living like Weasels,” in Teaching A Stone To Talk. She explains that people take vows of all kinds — of poverty,...

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Marks and Materials

There are thousands of kinds of marks: smooth, rough, hard, sharp, clean, dirty, tight, loose . . . What you hold in your hand — a pen, a brush, a stick of charcoal, a...

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“Dream Pictures”

Beneath my writing and drawing table, sketchbooks have piled up over the years. I have maintained an ongoing ritual: I wake early, brew strong coffee, read for an hour, then, with pen in hand,...