Posts filed under ‘portraiture’

a few characters in search of a story

August 18, 2012 at 8:00 am 2 comments

martian chronicles

July 2, 2012 at 11:00 am 2 comments

Wisdom of the elders

I highly recommend this interesting talk by Andrew Zuckerman about the Wisdom project: a moving compilation of interviews with some of our world’s finest elders about life, work, wisdom, love, and creativity.

If you are an artist struggling with inspiration, the blank page, or whatever you call a block, Zuckerman has some wisdom to share. I especailly resonate with his discussion about what he calls the ‘anxiety of influence.’ How do we make work that is not derivative or influenced by others? How do we quiet self doubt so we can get something done?

The architect, Frank Gehry, thinks we each have a unique signature that no one else can replicate. In Zuckerman’s words, “projects are collections of our responses” and if we respond consistently throughout the life of the piece, it will be uniquely ours. Chef Jacques Pepin went a few steps further to say that even if he gave five people the same recipe, at the end of the day, there would be five unique dishes placed on the table.

For Zuckerman, the goal is to “put myself in a situation where I can respond truthfully and honestly.” If he trusts himself, the outcome will be truly his. Why is that so hard to remember?

May 18, 2012 at 7:00 am 1 comment

Caine’s Arcade

This is a moving story about a little boy in East LA who built an arcade out of cardboard. I was deeply touched not only by his ingenuity but also by the filmmaker’s desire to make a difference in his life. It is the perfect synergy between art and life. I kinda got all choked up.

April 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

coupling

February 13, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Whatever Lola wants


for my new friend Alina

November 21, 2011 at 7:00 am 2 comments


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