Again, I have chosen an artist—a painter—for my second posting of this series, “Why Create?” My plan had been to feature a photographer or composer. But, this artist, Marie Tapert, and my first subject, Dudley Zopp had sent comments so similar that I thought it might be compelling to publish them one after the other. Also, because I have known Marie for more than fifty years, appreciating her work and watching it grow as she explores. I realized that her approach is similar to Dudley’s. Both of them are not afraid to try different media, different styles, seeking a new level that is powerful and fitting. Yet, both remain true to their individual philosophies.Read More
I recently visited Dudley Zopp’s studio. Her work, creativity and energy lingered with me for several weeks. So, for my first interview for this blog series, “Why Create?” I chose Dudley, a painter. Her beautiful, well-organized studio is indicative of her productivity. And I love her work. I chose the following quote by Robert Henri, a painter and teacher at the turn of the 20th, as I thought it captured Dudley’s approach to art making.
“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” -Robert Henri, a painter and teacher at the turn of the 20th century
The following is Dudley’s expressive and eloquent response to “why did you become an artist?” and “why do you paint?"Read More
Why do we write? Why do we paint? Why do we compose music? Probably for as many different reasons as there are writers, painters, sculptors, composers, etc. But yet, there are many of us who create for similar reasons. I first started writing consistently every day shortly after I retired from a 30-year executive position, running our design/manufacturing business with 164 employees. As the days of not-going-to-my office multiplied, I dissovled into a depression. I missed the work. I missed the employees. I felt useless. I wrote to ease the pain of not knowing what to do with the rest of my life. What did I want? What would I enjoy? What would give me fulfillment? I considered everything from joining the Peace Corps to starting another company, to returning to painting, to returning to piano playing. My imagination would move from possibilities to unrealistic dreams. Writing every morning at 4:30am in spiral notebooks as fast as my stream-of-conscious and arthritic hand would allow. Relief but not fulfillment.Read More
So frequently we read or hear a writing coach or teacher's piece address how rituals can entice the muse. Most of this advice recommends we go to the same place and start with a personal ritual. Maybe light a candle. Or ring a small bell. Or wear the same shirt every time. Listen to music. Don’t listen to music. Particularly when I became stuck, I tried all the suggestions. When one appeared to work, the next day it didn't.Read More
I’ve been writing about myself for six years, on and off, in between writing and publishing a book on Bill Moss’ designs. I abhor it. Getting to my writing studio and sitting down to work is a raging battle with procrastination. This is not about writing. I feel the most whole when I’m writing. Except about me. The keyboard might as well be a hot griddle. I move my fingers as fast as I can to get through...Read More