Let them talk to each other

This quote was posted a while ago by Austin Kleon. The quote comes from Steven Tomlinson talking about advice from his professor Will Spong when he asked him how to choose a life path from his three passions of business, the theatre and the seminary.

Spong answered:

This is the stupidest question anyone has asked me. You’re telling me that there are three things you love and you want me to tell you which two to cut off…so you can limp along on the other one? This is not how things work. The advice I have for you is:don’t discard. Find a way to keep all three of these things in the mix. We’ll find out [what you should do for a living]. Right now, what you do is spend 2 hours a week whole-heartedly engaged in each of those 3 things. Let them them talk to each other. Something will begin to happen in your life that is unique and powerful.

The idea prompted me to start posting on Instagram. I’m not very good at this, but when I’m reminded to do it I see new relationships between colours and patterns and forms and textures and symbols and ideas and meaning and materials and designs and things that I grok.

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Apologies (again)

[This post is 100% authentic news. No ads, no teenage ghostwriter.]

It’s so hard to keep a social media presence.

My last post here at artistpractice.com was nearly 12 months ago.

I barely look at Facebook. My other blogs languish and I have just started on Instagram, but I gather it’s important to post regularly to Instagram and I struggle with that a bit too. I watch the IG posts of those people I follow and I don’t get how they have the time and energy to post as much as they do, as well as like and comment on each other’s.

What I do understand is that social media is for marketing. I sell stuff but I’m lucky not to have to sell stuff.

So, apologies (again) for getting lost for a while and not using this blog for it’s real purpose—which is to diarise my process and to provide (myself with) clarity of thoughts and ideas.

I’ve finally moved the yarn aside a bit so that I can get messy and smell the turps again. Small steps, literally, in the form of some tiny paintings and some focused work on finishing some of the half-arsed, half-finished stack of canvases. Below are some of the tiny paintings. I guess you could call them pretty and yes, they are very tentative. I’m working on ‘gesture’ and with speed, and my aim is to translate some newfound confidence in making marks back onto a larger scale.

Fake news constructed by Macedonian teenagers is just the tip of the iceberg in the ghetto of social media. Trust me though, because even if I only post twice a year you can be sure it’s the truth!