So what we have is easier publication, easier access, and, transformed discovery. (Arguably music has gained more than it has lost, although that doesn’t mean musicians have gained)

What didn’t change was people’s time to listen to music, or their urge to listen to music. Listeners just don’t have more hours in their days.

It is worse for museums.

-Seb Chan, The Value of Museum Content, Attention, and Time (2014).

(Source: freshandnew.org)

DON’T GET BITTER
DON’T STAGNATE
RESPECT YOUR OBSESSIONS
VALUE YOUR WORTHLESSNESS
READ A VARIETY OF THINGS
DON’T JUST DRAW COMICS!
Keep making stuff, too! Or the above will not be able to happen.

-Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Date Book

Terron Sorrells
Sentiment. Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 29.5” x 23.5”. 2013.

Terron Sorrells

Sentiment. Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 29.5” x 23.5”. 2013.

The study of gesture is not simply a matter of looking at the movement that the model makes. You must also seek to understand the impulse that exists inside the model and causes the pose which you see. The drawing starts with the impulse, not the position. The thing that makes you draw is the thing that makes the model take the position.

-Kimon Nicolaides, The Natural Way to Draw (1941).

A playwright, as any other artist, should accept the bald fact that content determines form and form determines content; that form and content are interdependent. Form should not be looked at askance and held suspect—form is not something that “gets in the way of the story” but is an integral part of the story. This understanding is important to me and my writing. This is to say that as I write along the container dictates what sort of substance will fill it and, at the same time, the substance is dictating the size and shape of the container. Also, “form” is not a strictly “outside” thing while “content” stays “inside.” It’s like this: I am an African-American woman—this is the form I take, my content predicates this form, and this form is inseparable from my content. No way could I be me otherwise.

-Suzan-Lori Parks, “Elements of Style”

Katsushika Hokusai

Selections from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjûrokkei) (1826-33):

Dawn at Isawa in Kai Province (Kôshû Isawa no akatsuki).

Seven-Mile Beach in Sagami Province (Sôshû Shichiri-ga-hama).

Enoshima in Sagami Province (Sôshû Enoshima).

Inume Pass in Kai Province (Kôshû Inume tôge).

The Cushion Pine at Aoyama (Aoyama Enza no matsu).

Kajikazawa in Kai Province (Kôshû Kajikazawa).

Hakone Lake in Sagami Province (Sôshû Hakone no kosui).

(Source: ukiyo-e.org)

Wilbo
Some heads.

Wilbo

Some heads.

Tai Schierenberg

Small Nude. Oil on canvas, 25.5 x 25.5 cm. 2000.

Woman Waiting. Oil on canvas, 73 x 50 cm. 1990.

Artist Jay. Oil on canvas, 101 x 76 cm. 1994.

Cloud Break. Oil on board, 76 x 76 cm. 2001.

History’s B-roads. Oil on canvas, 152 x 168 cm. 2006.

Thomas Edwin Mostyn
Dawn. Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 126 cm. 1919.

Thomas Edwin Mostyn

Dawn. Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 126 cm. 1919.

(Source: 1910-again, via ben-is-painting)

Aaron Becker

Excerpts from Journey.

(Source: NPR)