I love art, design, visual thinking and the world of the senses. I especially love the creative process that occurs while in these spaces. And they really are spaces—the mundane disappears and you are in a place of flow and creation. It’s a good reason to be alive.

I want to tap into the creative process and try to ‘see’ it—stop it in its tracks and peek behind the curtain. My attempt to write about this magical, invisible process and all the tiny miracles that emerge from it, is my way of catching a glimpse of the mystery.

Everything I love to do most relates to creativity. I try to create something new every day. If it’s not on paper or canvas it’s in the digital space at ImageSwim.

A land good for dreaming is… a line from a poem by Octavio Paz. This line is a portal to my favorite space–the space where creation happens.

Bits and pieces of thought and inspiration.

I want a place to keep all of the writing that I start but is incomplete so this page is where I will keep it. I hope to turn everything here into a book someday. This blog is a kind of repository for thoughts and writing and inspiration.

Creating Infinite Possibility on the Page

Our minds are constructs of our own makings. We construct our own limits, our own ceilings. All that has to happen is a small hole appears in the ceiling that you have constructed. The ceiling is made up of materials that do not allow for all possibilities, infinite change, a total lack of knowing what will happen, the ‘you never know’ factor. Don’t paint on the ceiling, go through the hole. And if you must paint on the ceiling let things seep in from the hole.

Using Art to Make Sense of the Physical and Invisible World:

We can not see what is going on, there is too much, always. Too many hours, minutes, moments pregnant with the possibility of good, light, dark….and it’s all moving in all directions. What you glimpse, that you catch for a split second, that seems to contain eternity is what you paint. The dark becomes mysterious beauty.

You are magnetized. What is in that box? Curious. What is that all about? Let me look and observe. Interesting, like something you can’t look away from – a train wreck.

Art helps you to discover where the angels live within yourself. They come through you when you’ve done something good and you look at it with time and detachment and say “did I do this?’ The angels did.

Translating desire into art. Really it’s only because the desire for the other thing is a hunger and you don’t know what else to do and you are desperate to settle your mind in another place so you do art because you don’t know what else to do.

Dialogs from your soul to another’s soul and you want them to know your soul and you want to know their soul. These dialogs can be expressed on canvas.

“Somewhere in between the area of angels and arch angels.” This portal, this space, what does it look like and where does it exist. Create it.

de Kooning’s Thumbtacks, The de Kooning Show at Moma, Picasso and de Kooning

When I look at art I want to know how they did it. I want to know exactly how they are constructing this visual language I am looking at. What’s going on with this, it, for them to construct this? de Kooning is working in layers of say, blue and black and then he completely paints over it in pink and leaves shapes, subtractive in a way…working backwards. That makes it rich, layered. He makes this yellow drawing with black and cuts up a second drawing and THUMBTACKS, thumbtacks it on and it hangs inMoma. Thank you for that thumbtack de Kooning. I can see your process. You just made life easier for me.

There is a huge painting that looks like a collage or looked like you would have to make it with cut paper to execute it and it was put together like a swiss watch. Great design always feels like puzzle pieces put together perfectly. And it’s really just exactly right…and how the hell do you do that? It seems impossible, its like perfection.

So then you go back to this thing with the thumbtacks on it and you see it, you see what he was doing–he IS collaging it with paint. His secret is out by showing this one piece with the thumbtacks. And then he takes white paint and just does this all over it.

Deconstructing how someone works and working backward from that through the layers.

Great painters do this…construct this world, this de Kooning painting and Picasso are head and shoulders above everyone with this construction. de Kooning was really working for it where as Picasso was just putting it down, like nothing. de Kooning was playing with layers and the picture plane and “collaging”–moving things around to find the swiss watch. Picasso worked differently as we see in his film. He moved things around by destroying what came before to find a new harmony. de Kooning was moving it around until he found it. At least with these works.

I get confused in space. I have to take baby steps to get my space. Layers and maybe a device with flat layers, but never all around complete space, tooo overwhelming. I get lost and a little bit scared.

The disconnection of de Kooning’s faces: what??? He traces them! And you can see it. The faces feel disconnected from the bodies because he frekin’ traces them! Picasso never feels un-integrated like this. Why did de Kooning do this? Why aren’t the faces integrated? There is a lack of wholeness. Is it intentional or is it a mistake?

You paint from your perspective, but what if in the same picture you were painting from your perspective but also some other point of views perspective? This is what Picasso was doing. This is a whole other article.

(Show what you did with the white shapes on your painting)

My Spiritual Teacher Said This to Me:

“We are using our minds to obtain consciousness, to obtain reality. What you are doing is poetry without writing the poem, you are learning existentialism, learning the self, learning how learning should be. From the smells and the bits and pieces and what you know about yourself and observation that is blessed. It feels so meaningful because it is so meaningful.”

Making Art from Anywhere You Are

Really try to accept things, how it’s going internally and what is  happening on the canvas. You can sit in the storm and watch it pass or create in the moment of the storm. Change direction and use what is happening in the center of the storm.
When we do art internally we flow, rest, hold onto our own center and let fate, the universe, creative energy manipulate the external events on the page.

Creating Worlds

The worlds children create are the worlds you need to create. All of your worlds or one world that is a parallel universe to this world like Dana Shutz.

How to Really Determine What you Want to do with your life when you have the curse of being an artist.

What I like to do:

art, messing around, experimenting

playing with conceptual ideas

doing a directed painting

translating philosophy and experience into visuals

writing non fiction

writing poetic prose

writing creative stream of consciousness



figuring out how the web works. Another language…code

helping others define themselves

teaching art

figuring out how to do things

analyzing web sites and making them better

graphic design

If you are going to study art and go to art school make sure you are very outgoing and entrepreneurial. Going to art school…hmmmm. Figure out your own career, there is no path. Be truthful with why you are doing it and what you want from it. The evils of self-aggrandisement.

Realism vs. Creation of a World

What is the difference between realism and working from life?

Plato: Everything is light & shadow. Perfect forms in nature.

This is the perception of a realist painter.

Philosopher A: an object is defined by light

Philosopher B: an object is defined by mass (Dave’s way of drawing)

Philosopher B believes in the mass of an object. Einstein vs. Realism

With these philosophies beginning a painting, the artist is practically in another dimension of reality when they paint. Coming from a different dimension and showing it on the page.

Based on the conception of an object or space we have a totally different approach to art. We probably have similar perception of what we see but what is going on physically and in our brains to do art is different.