Browsing All posts tagged under »art«

A Slow Bloom Rising: Towards The Possible.

July 8, 2011


In December 2009, thanks to the GCTC, I participated in an incredibly valuable Viewpoints masterclass given by Michael Greyeyes. Michael is an excellent teacher, everyone who attended the workshop was fully engaged with the process, and the Viewpoints technique is a powerful framework with which to make sense of the creative process. For me, the […]

A Look Again for the Play In It.

June 29, 2011


True story: when I was in my teens, I thought I’d pretty quickly end up married with children and living a more or less conventional 9 – 5 lifestyle. My older brother, you see, was the artist. He painted alone in his room, slept in, and wore paint splattered jeans. He’s now married with children […]

Stuffed Sharks, Art, And The Value of Valuers.

December 8, 2010


I recently finished Don Thompson’s The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art and I will happily claim that if you work in arts marketing — any manner of arts — and you haven’t read this book, you are not doing your job. Moreover, I think any person who thinks seriously about […]

Sunday School Poetry: An Author’s Creed.

April 18, 2010


An Author’s Creed. Let us pray. I believe in beauty the begetter of human being, the source of happiness and peace. And in art, its honest expression our creations; conceived in love, produced with intention; an expression sometimes of sorrow and suffering, of the darkest absences of beauty, and of our unlimited possibility; art approaches […]

No Coins Please: Two Approaches To Making Money From Your Art On-Line

February 17, 2010


Previously I mentioned, as a part of my efforts to make an imagined future a present reality, I will be testing different ideas on how best to generate income from an arts-related blog like this one. Essentially, I want to figure out how to be a self-employed author (in the broadest sense of the term), […]

Beauty, Art, Community: What’s Your Three-Word Portrait?

January 25, 2010


I think I can summarize myself with three words: beauty, art, community. Here goes: Beauty breathes through me and I bask in its diffused expansiveness. Beauty is everywhere. Art is an artifact, a token, and a conduit of beauty. In making art, I make sense of myself. By sharing art, we make sense of each […]

Timeraiser 2009: A Time To Every Purpose

November 16, 2009


I love art, great ideas, and community building. Not surprisingly, I love the idea of Timeraiser: a night out that brings together art, volunteers, and agencies looking for volunteers. I was there to check out Ottawa’s version, on Saturday, November 14th, 2009. In a wine and cheese atmosphere, volunteers chatted with agency representatives, matching volunteer skills with […]

My Twenty-Five Year Plan: Think Globally, Create Locally

October 19, 2009


In the early 80s, Cirque de Soleil co-foudner Guy Laliberté was a fire-breathing street performer. Today, he is worth $2.5 billion and is Canada’s first space tourist. Not bad for a guy who used a stint on Employment Insurance to organize a summer fair in Baie-Saint-Paulre, Quebec. So, here’s my twenty-five year plan. Maybe you […]

If You Organize The Organizers, The Audience Will Come: Arts Marketing 101

March 25, 2009


In October of 2006, I found myself with some time on my hands, as I waited for my Ph.d. to churn its way through the final review and approval process. So, like any other normal red-blooded male, I decided to help out a friend of mine, who runs a re-occurring contemporary dance showcase, by undertaking a market […]

Art: No Longer That Poor Dude Nailed To The Wall.

March 14, 2009


I had a couple of T dot friends visit Thursday and I took them down to see the National Gallery of Canada. I cannot overemphasize how good a gallery it is. I’ve been to a lot of galleries all over the world and ours definitely stands up to the biggest and best. The building itself is fantastic and the collection […]


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