art process

From Raw Material to Dream

Jun 24, 2019(edit)

Photography has a disadvantage of being based on reality. Something has to be in front of the camera for a photograph to result. If this is a negative, why is photography my chosen medium? For precisely the same reason—that photography is based on reality.… View More

Personal = Universal

Mar 30, 2016(edit)

I just came back from fotofest, one of the largest photography festivals in North America. Held every other year, it is a month long festival with photography exhibitions across many art venues in Houston. I specifically went there for portfolio reviews, and I met with 21 portfolio reviewers over… View More

Two Perspectives on How To Create Art

Jul 27, 2015(edit)

In my readings, I frequently encounter two opposing perspectives on how to create art. This topic interests me because having been an accountant for 22 years, I’ve always regarded artists with awe. How do they come up with their ideas and their art? And since I can’t usually ask them, I turn to… View More

In The Can or Out Of The Can?

Mar 9, 2015(edit)

There are books that I come across that stay with me for a long time after reading it. Lynda Barry’s What It Is is one of those books. Part autobiography, comic, self-help book, and journal, it is a guide to becoming a writer. One particular page (as shown above) I still think about four months… View More

Art and The Accumulation of Mistakes

Dec 1, 2014(edit)

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams I marvel at the simple wisdom embedded in the quote above from American cartoonist Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert comics. Perfection is the enemy of creativity. If we require a perfect… View More

My Prize Winning Stupid Idea

Sep 22, 2014(edit)

Recently, I won third prize at the APA Curator’s Voice Competition. The group show with images from all winning artists is up right now at the ModernBook Gallery in San Francisco until September 27. This is the last week to catch the Approaching The Unreal show. If you are in San Francisco, please… View More

Mind, Hand, Heart

Jul 28, 2014(edit)

I’m new to this artist thing: submitting to juried competitions, getting selected, exhibiting the work, hopefully inspiring a viewer, and selling a print. Everything is an adventure and a learning experience. Recently, one of my images got picked for the Maryland Federation of Art exhibition.… View More

Follow Stupid Ideas

Jul 14, 2014(edit)

In the process of creating art you develop mantras—things that guide you in art making. Here is one mantra: follow stupid ideas. Most of my images start out as stupid ideas. It’s true. If I’m working on an image, and I don’t think that it’s stupid at one point during the art making process, then more likely than not, that image will be dead on arrival (DOA).… View More

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