How do you balance art and a job?

Like many artists and writers, I’ve usually had two jobs: the job that earns money, and the job that is being an artist. Sometimes the art earned good income and I didn’t need other work, but often it didn’t and I struggled to find the right balance between money and art-making. It’s like the Pushmi-Pullyu…

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20 Secrets about the College Art Degree

Some of you know me as an art professor. I teach at a small public college. Many of our students are totally together, smart, talented artists who learn by leaps and bounds, creating strong artworks and gaining both technical and conceptual skills. But I also still see a lot of common misconceptions about art degrees.…

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The Very Short Story

One thing I love about poetry, flash fiction and prose poems is how they require writers to craft careful wording. They teach editing and revision as you strive to match a rhyme scheme or word count. Haiku, a sonnet, a sestet — all can create forums for the fine craft of editing. Fifty-word fiction is a…

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Get the Facts About Artists Taking Over the World

Local Reaches Global The local artist – loving them is sort of like rooting for your favorite home team. But the artists who live near you probably are local only in the superficial sense of living near you. Most likely, they sell their art, skills, and knowledge to a variety of locations, probably they went…

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On Having an Imaginary Enemy

Yesterday my wife overheard me mumbling angry whispers. I whisper-yelled a lot of “F#$% this!” and “F*&#&ing f$@k” and “f$@k f$@k f$@k fuuuuuuu*ck f&**%k f*ckity dagblam! GRRRRRRRR! F**&&%$%%^%$&^k!” My wife asked, “Are you angry at me?” Her question startled me, since I’d been only half-aware what I was saying. I wasn’t angry at her at…

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How do you become an art professor?

I’ve been working as an art professor for about seventeen years, and have served on many hiring committees. Many artists ask me “So, how do you become an art professor?”  Here’s my thoughts on that: As a doughy, sniffly, allergic-to-everything youth I decided to learn how to play clarinet. My teacher, the Big Band musician Benny…

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1950’s SciFi Radio Shows for Thrills and Chills

Omg! There’s a great set of classic science fiction stories available as mp3 files over at https://archive.org/details/XMinus1_A These are all from the X Minus One radio show, from 1955-1958. All can be downloaded and played as podcasts. I think Bradbury’s style translated to radio the best. But Philip K. Dick was pretty great too (bottom…

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Can’t Remember your Dreams? You’re Not Alone…

A favorite literary/artistic device is the dream sequence. But how do dreams actually work? Thing is, we forget most of them, and that’s good. People often believe that we’re supposed to remember our dreams, but the reality is the opposite: the dreams we remember are rare, and, we forget almost all dreams. In fact contemporary neuroscience research…

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20 Questions for Being a Successful Artist or Writer

This article is about becoming a better artist or writer, about strategies that work. What can you do to focus and help your creativity be more likely and better? While there’s no one single formula for success, we artists do share general principles: work your craft, practice your craft, do it for the love of…

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Red Dwarf. A Spaceship. A Man. His Cat and a Hologram.

Red Dwarf. Best. SciFi. Comedy. Ever. Thank awesome writers, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor for ridiculous fun. If you know Red Dwarf, then you’re among the lucky and smart ones. And then this post’s just a little romp down memory lane for you. If you’re new to it, then this post’s an intro for you.…

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