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4.26.12 Mishellaneous

Apr 26, 2012

Ok…it’s been a while.  Here we go.

Just found what’s going to keep me occupied for my 20+ flight to Thailand next month. Genius!

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do – Fantastic.

Wow, this video of an elderly man reacting to hearing music from his era is powerful and touching to say the least.  Don’t tell me that art can’t help change the world.

Have you listened to Gotye yet?  If not, this video will give you every reason why you should.  (In the words of Ben Thomas, it is “holy crap amazing.”  I agree.)

Check out these Muppet chalk art murals on the walls of the Sesame Workshop office in NYC.  I want one.

Timeless Tag Designs.  It’s about time they get noticed.

A coffee faucet that brews the perfect cup of coffee.  Hmmm…this is kind of resonating with me.

The NYC’s Department of Records has released more than 870,000 images of NYC dating as far back as the mid-1800′s online.  These are incredible. More here. (via Kottke)

And lastly…Bookmobiles of the World.  Yes, I think this is cool.  Check out the one from Kenya.

Essential Reads on Art & The Creative Process

Feb 22, 2012
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Here’s my list of what have become my essential reads so far on art and the creative process.  Would love to hear what you would add to the list!

Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
David Bayles & Ted Orland

The Artist’s Way Every Day: A Year of Creative Living
Julia Cameron

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Steven Pressfield

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
Twyla Tharp

What books would you add to this list? 


Why Art Matters

Feb 15, 2012

That’s a vague title for this post, I know.  The truth is, art matters for more reasons than I could ever attempt to capture in a single post.  So let me start with just one.

One of the reason art matters is because of its ability to take us places.  Or to invite us – no disrupt us (often regardless of whether we want to be or not) into places and spaces that the majority of us would probably never otherwise explore.  Think about street artists like Banksy, Princess Hijab, or Shepard Fairey.  Or even pieces like Picasso’s Guernica - which opened the world’s eyes to the devastation of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930’s.

Art lands us smack dab in the middle of paradox.  It angers us.  Soothes us.  Frustrates us.  Calms us.  Infuriates us.  Inspires us.  Pisses us off.  Sometimes all of that at once.  

And yet, it’s in the middle of those artful paradoxes that we are often given the most beautiful gift imaginable – the gift of fresh lenses…unique perspectives….new narratives that tell stories in ways that impact how we perceive….and ultimately engage the world around us.

Why does art matter to you?

Perspective Shows

Nov 4, 2011
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Loved being a part of Perspective Shows on 10.14.11. Here are a bunch of photos from Dan Andersen. Ben Thomas has some more photos along with some thoughts over at his site.  ENJOY.

(Click for larger images)

Easter 2011 at The Orchard!

Apr 26, 2011
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Reflecting this morning on this past weekend’s beautiful Easter gatherings at The Orchard.  Loved the direction we took and how it all came together to create what I think was probably our most creative and artistic effort to date.  We took several risks this year and decided to journey people through Holy Week in about 65 minutes using several art forms such as: spoken word, painting, dance, readings, music, and video.

The overall theme was “ALL THINGS NEW” and it was broken down into three segments: All Is Right (Palm Sunday), All Is Lost (Good Friday), and All is New (Easter).  I’m planning to post several of the video pieces here in the next few days.  Stay tuned.

Here are a few photos.  While I suppose it comes across to some degree in the photos, I wish there was a way to truly capture what I believe happened in the hearts of everyone there.  So thankful…

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