“Artist Lessons”

The Inspiration Formula

  Art is about the approach to your craft! And that’s why it’s so mysterious. Could I really write up a post that gives you a “how to” for being the Beatles? Or Michael Jackson? Or Jackson Pollack or Patti Smith? A formula for inspiration? It doesn’t exist. We want prescriptions, and we want to […]


Last week’s livestream with Matthew Bogart

  I found Matthew’s Patreon via Just Jackson’s Twitter. Matthew makes webcomics, specifically Incredible Doom, which is about growing up in the 90’s and accessing the internet for the first time. The comic is a sort of onion, laden with deeper truths and experiences that we all share. I remember going online for the first time, […]


The Golden Age

Is Tweeting art? And is art curation now happening on Instagram? My question is about our frame of reference for history. As in, every so often there’s a cycle of history in which we go through a period of time of great artistic development: A golden age. Which, by the way, funny how the “golden” […]


Last Week’s Livestream with Sian Richardson

We’ve all got the same tools, but some use them differently. Which is why in the era of democratized design (i.e Squarespace, Canva et all), it’s harder and harder to stand out. Sian’s work has always stood out to me. It’s always looked like it’s… hers. So when I saw her work about 3-4years ago […]


I want you to go for a walk

I want you to go for a walk. If you’re reading this on your computer, at home or at work, stop reading now and bring it back up while you’re on your phone. I can wait. Hit “unread” and come back when you have the time. …. Are you mobile? Good. Now that you’re here […]


Sunday Caffeine – The Brilliance

Annnnd we’re back. Happy Easter. Happy Passover. Happy fourth month of the year. Let’s continue, shall we? Last week I was quiet. I attended a conference in San Diego (Barrio Logan) and met some internet people for coffee and tacos (Salud!). The thing about conferences is… the value is being on stage. New goal: aim to attend […]


Communicating your Message

  The Audience (~90%) This is your largest demographic by far and makes up the bulk of your email list, your followers on social media, the readers of your blog. This group has found you because of your communication. And more specifically, because they align with your belief system about your business, your products, the […]


Flowing

The world today is flowing. It used to be that the day was broken to fit into neat packets. 9 to 5. The school day, an hour presentation with a 45-minute lunch break and so on. Ditto for money, and substance. But today what matters happens in its own time, and on its own timeline. Got […]


Simple Statements

Communication is the hardest part. Ditto for simplicity. Art can’t be measured – despite the marketer’s best attempts. Marketing, when done right… is art. Don’t be surprised if making money is at odds with what is working to garner attention. Plan on doing something the same way for 5 years? Yeah right. What you consume […]


Being You

We all just want to be free to be ourselves, don’t we? Isn’t that what we’re really after? But most of the time we don’t feel like we’ll be accepted as just that. So instead we learn to act a bit different for acceptance. And maybe it’s an age thing and my compatriots are still […]