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connections to the past / mono prints

Isn’t it funny when your kid thinks they’re smarter than you?

If you lived through some bad stuff and people tell you to, “Let it go”, that might not be good advice.

You might think you know what happened but you might not figure it all out until you’re over 50!

If it’s on your mind when you’re trying to sleep years later, there’s a lesson in there for you that you didn’t get yet.

We have to learn from the bad stuff because more bad stuff might happen and we will be better able to deal with it if we know what didn’t work before.

Blue Angels spot UFOs / mono print

My Blue Angels came out funny looking. Should I try again?

50 years ago when I was visiting my Grandma she always had tabloids with articles of great interest to me. UFOs were a thing back then but the people who reported them were laughed at and the Navy pilots that saw them were told not to report it.

So, they’ve been hanging around the Earth for at least 50 years possibly thousands of years or even more. Why don’t they kill all of us? Maybe they like us as we like dinosaurs.

Now it’s in the news here that UFOs are in our restricted air space off the coast of Virginia and California and now the government wants the reports from the Navy pilots. The govt. is saying, “Yes, we know they’re up there.”

advice for creative people

geological surveys on Mars show it’s hollow and filled with oil and water / mono print

Are you an artist or writer and you’re stuck with a project or maybe just not in the mood to work on it? Don’t beat yourself up over it. It happens to all of us. The thing about creativity is, I can’t force it. I guess there are writers or visual artists that can push through a block but I’m the type to put the project down until a better time.

Mars gets wifi / mono print

It can help creativity if you simplify your life. It takes a certain mental state like alpha brain waves or something for an artist to be in the groove, in the zone. If you have a job, family to care for, responsibilities etc. that’s enough to block the right brain waves. Time spent alone can help reset your brain to be creative.

dinosaur egg found on Mars / mono print

Your art is for your enjoyment. If you’re not enjoying it you should take a break and do something else. Just because you are creative doesn’t mean you owe the world your creativity. Unless you think the world owes you. In that case maybe you do owe the world. But as for me, I don’t owe the world. I wouldn’t like to feel “driven” like some artists feel. For me that would be an unbalanced mental state. And when I think about the meaning of “driven” I can’t relate metaphorically. I’m in control of my car. I’m the driver. I leave when I’m ready to go.

first murder on Mars

It doesn’t have to be something difficult, if you’re experiencing a creative block. You can goof around and amuse yourself like I do with these mono prints. There are tons of fun projects for writers too. I’ve seen things like black out poetry and some kind of games that writers can do for fun if the novel isn’t happening today. If you’re a writer you probably know more fun writing projects than I do. I know fun paint projects.

This advice is for artists that are not professional. If the art doesn’t pay the bills, who cares if it happens on any given week. If art does pay the bills, you probably know how to push through a block. If you’re an amateur like me then you’re doing art because you love it. That’s the true meaning of amateur. It’s good for me because it’s no stress. If it was a real job it would only be a short time before I want to quit. Give me a week to make someone mad by saying something stupid or someone making me mad and I’m outta there. Taking it easy on yourself leads to longevity in your art.