Many thanks to those of you who have accommodated my schedule or patiently await(ed) replies from me. Please know that you gifted me with the time and space to tune in to my heart and explore some important next steps in my life and creative work. While attending the Cultivate Advisors’ Catapult workshop, EXPO CHICAGO and Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair, I gathered some great data and insights from fellow artists/entrepreneurs currently working in the trenches.
Although I’m not ready to share the specifics just yet, there are some exciting developments afoot in my visual art department, Lofbomm Visual Labs. Expect to hear more as we get closer the launch of some new initiatives in early 2019.
One of the books I brought as companions for this journey was the amazing Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. Here’s a passage that I hope will serve you too, no matter your particular “art,” be it dancing, gardening or parenting:
“Control, apparently, is not the answer. People who need certainty in their lives are less likely to make art that is risky, subversive, complicated, iffy, suggestive or spontaneous. What’s really needed is nothing more than a broad sense of what you are looking for, some strategy for how to find it, and and overriding willingness to embrace mistakes and surprises along the way. Simply put, making art is chancy – it doesn’t mix well with predictability. Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all-pervasive companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.”
LOOK: Three of those creative compatriots I got to hang with were dear pals from my Seoul-era, painter Raul Pizzaro, sculptor Jason Mehl, and woodworker Craig Makintosh. From Santiago, Chile, Aspen, Colorado, Portland, Oregon and Nashville, Tennessee, the four of us converged in The Windy City to help bring Raul’s poignant and powerful paintings to the American public for the first time. We had such a blast catching up and comparing notes. Those three are not just amazing artists, they’re also very good and caring men. I came away from my time with them feeling inspired and encouraged to fight the good fight on all fronts. Thanks, Raul, for bringing the band back together.
LISTEN: Raul and Jason were sharing some of their favorite studio soundtrack fodder with me last night. One standout discovery for me was the 1979 eponymous record by legendary jazz power trio, Codona.
Make this week magnificent!