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This question reminds me of watching that 1990s Disney block that came on after school.  TaleSpin, Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck and Duck Tales. That was a good two hour chunk of time I devoted to TV each day.  I went from sorting baseball cards while watching TV to drawing while watching TV. They were stories I could listen to and occasionally glance up to see a key moment.  I believe background stories help me keep a positive mindset while drawing. An audio tract tunes out any negative thoughts I may have about the artwork I am working on. Currently, when...

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My primary art medium is something I rarely show to the public.  Of all the artwork I have created, I often start off as sketches on Strathmore drawing paper.  I love their 11"×14" pads of drawing paper. I tend to enjoy the HB to 2B range in drawing pencils or an olive green Prismacolor pencil.   I have spent a lot on various art supplies over the years.  I have my art supplies grouped in open top, shoe box size bins.  They sit on a wire shelf that is about five feet high. Six shelves with three bins horizontally.  I have...

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I have always enjoyed history in general.  When I was in college, more than 20 years ago, I took a Modern Art History Class taught by John Seed.  The art history classrooms at Art Center were modest. About twenty feet by thirty feet. White walls, chairs, concrete floors.  No windows. One door. About twenty of us shuffled past a large Max Hering original each week to lock ourselves in this little white box. John Seed, a tall man, would swiftly enter the center of the front of the room almost in a single stride.  With a little salt in his...

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I was on a conference call with three artists the other morning.  One of the artists said, “We are the beautiful unicorns.” My mind instantly repels the notion that I am special.  However, I also think “the Beautiful Unicorns” may be a better title for the poem Ode. I don’t think I am special, I do think I am often delusionally confident.  Perhaps the delusion is special and a required part of being an artist. We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;— World-losers and world-forsakers, On...

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I went to get a haircut early last week and endured a barrage of questions about my choice of career.  Did I go to school? Do I make any money? Do I have a house? Do I have a family? Was I the type of kid who couldn’t pay attention in class?   I went to school.  I do make money. I do own a house.  I do have a family. I was a good student. Later in the week I went to the dentist.  The dental assistant again began assaulting me with similar questions.  After a beat the dentist...

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