Creative Process

Daily Rituals: How Artists Create (And Avoid Creating) Their Art

"In my personal life, if I don't have a project, I don't have any discipline," says performance artist Marina Abramovic. Discipline and daily ritual were one of the subjects of her 2002 piece The House with the Ocean View. Abramovic spent 12 straight days living on three open platforms in [...]

Architect Says: Less Is More. Less Is a Bore.

  Tadao Ando, Church of the Light, 1989. Osaka, Japan.   Philadelphia is a city awash with memorable architecture, so it's fitting that I stumbled across The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's store, which offers a well-curated assortment of books inside of [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:50:06+00:00 06.05.13|Books Worth Reading, Design, Images, Process|Comments Off on Architect Says: Less Is More. Less Is a Bore.

The Complete Creative Part 4 : Christian McEwen on the Art of Happiness

  "What has been planted is the I want! I want! of advertising, which thrives on envy and dissatisfaction. Advertising tells us that happiness can be bought if we will only put our minds to it." (William Blake, "I Want! I Want!" from For Children: The Gates of Paradise, 1793. [...]

The Complete Creative Part 1 : How “If-Only Syndrome” Derails Us As Artists

  A ballerina by British street artist Banksy (Photo courtesy banksy.co.uk)   When Gwarlingo readers give me feedback, I listen. You've been telling me that you'd like to see more articles about process and the challenges of being an artist. I've appreciated your emails and comments. Today, I'm excited [...]

Being André Gregory : Before and After Dinner

  Self-portraits by actor and theatre director André Gregory (Photo courtesy Atlas Theatre Company)   We gathered around André Gregory like children eagerly assembling around the librarian for story hour. André perched in a picture window inside Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels' fashionable Tribeca apartment. Behind him, the sun was setting over [...]

Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

  Poet Matthew Zapruder and Fiction writer Amy Hempel after their reading at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute (Photo by Ryan Williams courtesy the Juniper Summer Writing Institute) A few weeks ago I had a chance to meet writers Matthew Zapruder and Amy Hempel for the first time. The event [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:43+00:00 08.03.12|Events, Greatest Hits, News, Process, Words|Comments Off on Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

Receipts, Email, Bread Tags, Styrofoam : Rachel Perry Welty Transforms Life’s Daily Clutter into Art

  Rachel Perry Welty, Lost in My Life (receipts), 2011. Pigmented ink print, edition of 3. 91.25 x 60 (Photo courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery)     Rachel Perry Welty, Lost in My Life (price tags), 2009. Pigmented ink print, edition of 3. 91.25 x [...]

Jonah Lehrer on How Creativity Works : 5 Insights from Julia Child, Dylan, & Picasso

  In 1965 singer Bob Dylan was burned out after a grueling tour; he was sick of reporters' questions and tired of performing the same old songs. Dylan told his manager that he was quitting music for good and proceeded to disappear. He squirreled himself away in a cabin in Woodstock. [...]

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