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State of the Art

In my experience, art of any kind takes emotional and mental commitment and connection. There's a bonding of thought and feeling that takes place inside that focus, that allows the practical action of creation and movement to be more than just a series of gestures - it becomes provocative, it suspends belief, it is accepted as more than just a superficial act and has meaning and connection for the audience.
As a dancer and performer most of my younger life, it was painfully obvious that if you didn't FEEL the performance, if it didn't have meaning for you, then it would be meaningless to the audience. On the other hand, if you were deep in the experience, and it was ultimately fulfilling to you, then the audience was rapt and as involved in the performance as you were.

I've never understood what other artists meant by having to be 'in the mood' to create. For me personally, mood was something for choosing music to listen to, to go for a walk, to be indoors or …

Don't Distract Me

It's been one of those days where the hand and the brain aren't having coffee together....Lines would suddenly go off on an excursion of their own, forms were just enough outside proportion as to be silly, not surreal, and then there was that whole thing were it was damn cold and windy.
Not the most inspirational of creative days.

However.

When it's not working on the page, something else is on your mind, distracting focus and pulling the ultimate control out of your hand and sending it drifting off into the stratosphere....or Quebec...just for somewhere different.
It's not unusual to strike this when you live and breathe art every day. Whether it's because I'm feeling stale, or just the opposite, too many ideas fighting for realization, it's when I have to sit back for a second and pay attention to what I'm really thinking about. Because obviously, at that moment, it's not art.

When this happens, I normally stop, put the book aside, and sip on my …

Perspective - It's In Your Hands.

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Perspective - the angle from which the subject is viewed.

It's about perception, and every perception is unique - it is the differences that create a bigger picture.

The generous spirit is just that -generous, abundant in its acceptance of more....There is no one path to enlightenment, or to the moral considerations of human life. There is no such thing as forced perfection in a finite being that is made of conscious thought and feeling; there is no cause to deny the human experience for a life lived monastically if you are not a monk.
Art is the combination of thought and emotion - the greater the range, the greater the creative evolution and experience. If I suddenly decided to limit myself of feeling, passion and emotion in only one direction, I would sacrifice my artistic journey, and my reason for living.
I find nothing liberating in the concept that philosophical agendas only have one direction - philosophy is the art of thinking, and by it's true nature, accepts the en…