The B.S. of 'Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow,' Or, How to be Creative without Losing Your Mind or Your Shirt

Just after I turned 40 I did something that would change my life forever.  I ran up a huge amount of credit card debt to fund a music CD, a labor of love that was supposed to save me from ever needing a day job again. ...more

2013 Recycled Arts Festival


Artist Mamas

"The planet does not need more successful people.  The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds."  -- The Dalai Lama ...more


On Friday night, Matt and I went on a For Real Date to see the Frida & Diegoexhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario....more

Pick Your Favorite Artists and Painters

After two weeks of political conventions and energized social media, I thought it might be time for a poll that offers choices a little less contentious and fraught with polarization. This week we want to talk about art. Who are your favorite artists? Do you appreciate the grand old masters like Da Vinci or Michelangelo? Wouldn't you just love to see the Mona Lisa smile in real life? Or perhaps you find Van Gogh's tormented life and gorgeous transcendent paintings the most inspiring?...more
My favorite panting of of time is Starry Night....I have always loved that painting since I ...more

Contest: A Wall Art Challenge for Artists by

Do you dream of selling your artwork at UncommonGoods? Now is the perfect time to enter your original artwork in a contest sponsored by UncommonGoods for a chance to produce a limited edition run of prints to be sold by UncommonGoods this summer.GRAND PRIZE: $500 + 5% royalties on a limited edition of 100 prints...more

Pirates Have Stolen My Cowboys

The internet is fueled by images and Google seaches.  We are living in a visual media culture.  Have you ever thought about the person behind the image?  Have you thought about the photographer who took the photograph or the artist who created the illustration or the designer?...more

More That An Artist's Way

What is the meaning of a love/hate relationship with your chosen work? If you're a writer, like every other artist I've ever known, you cannot put away your creative impulses.If you're not allowed to write, you might take up some other form of creative design that allows you to paint pictures--i.e. photography, music, cooking, crafting, sewing, etc. Creativity must be released. The consequences of not releasing those impulses are not to be contemplated....more

I'd Like to Thank the Anonymous Lover

Anne Kimball Bringing Borya Home I was visiting with my sister over the holidays and we got to talking.We talked about kids, work, movies, music, all kinds of stuff. You know the way girls are.Our conversation touched briefly on Adele, and how much we are floored by her voice....more

After the Fair

Last year Anne-Marie wrote about attending local art fairs in Chicago and she shared where to find some of those artists after the fair season in a two part series here and here. This is one of many passions that Anne-Marie and I share....more