I recently started a new sketchbook for my (somewhat) daily gouache paintings. The premise of the project is a simple, underlying idea. "Sketch the every day." Makes sense... When you can draw, you carry a sketchbook with you everywhere. You sit alone in a busy crowd or park, trying to scratch out every fleeting scene … Continue reading Sketching the Everyday
The most important thing that you can do is take a little bit of action. Every day. Not too much…You don’t have to constantly be achieving. But there’s a big difference between action and inaction. There’s a big difference between me hitting the snooze button in the morning and me waking up slow and reading … Continue reading Realize Moderation
“My name is Ben.” Writing is hard… It’s fulfilling, beautiful, expressive, therapeutic, and healthy… But it’s hard. Writing is hard because it forces you to solidify the thoughts that bounce around your head all day with only a vague outline like a ghost. Writing is like turning a liquid into a gas, then a gas … Continue reading My Name Is Ben
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An artist, not unlike any other profession, MUST learn how to walk away when necessary. Artists have to be consistent. They have to build their skills, share their work, and grow constantly. When talking about growth, we're often taught to practice a lot and to practice often. Making a daily habit and doing the same … Continue reading Discipline or Emotion? An Artist’s Battle
Yesterday I wrote about slowing down and enjoying the moment. But I also mentioned in passing a step to slowing down that I think deserves it's own reflection: "Take note of what you've already accomplished." Life moves fast and it's so easy to notice all of the things that we could potentially achieve with our … Continue reading Take Note of What You’ve Accomplished
A few words on writing, How to get started, and how to deal with intimidation and self doubt.
You know what really grinds my gears? When people claim to know the objective truth about the obviously subjective. I say this as a writer who tackles almost exclusively subjects on a subjective scale and probably am branding myself as a terrible hypocrite more and more with every word I type. But this is a … Continue reading You Know Nothing: Objective vs. Subjective Thoughts