• Picasso, Genius, and Other Misconceptions

    There’s a new show on Hulu called Genius. The first season followed Einstein’s life, and the second is following Picasso’s, following a format where each episode switches back and forth between a chronological telling of the life from birth, and the life in older age, generally around 60 or so. Both men lived around the same time, more or less. Both old ages dealt with Nazi Europe. Both youth’s dealt with visionary minds in a world that was not built for nor appreciated visionary minds. Both men raised their metaphorical (and sometimes not so metaphorical) middle fingers at all the odds and the bad mouthers and convention and insistently, obsessively,…

  • Daily Practice

    Something I’ve realized is that despite what I previously thought, one can stop doing art, and not go crazy. There’s this notion that “I have to make art, or I get twitchy, unsettled” etc, etc, etc. The common statement that “I make art, because I have to.”  But you know what? You don’t. You don’t have to. You’ll only be twitchy for a little while. You won’t go crazy, you won’t necessarily get into an unclimbable funk, you won’t lose who you are. You can stop making art, and life goes on. You’ll engage in the love you have, eat good food, drink good wine, and go on with your…