Artist of the Week: Francis Bacon

“OK, I got Velazquez portrait of the Pope Innocent X. Quite an ambivalent study of absolute power. And here comes Francis Bacon. Despite never having seen this painting in person, Bacon became so obsessed with it that he compulsively repainted it over and over again, each version more horrific than the previous. […] It’s not until an artist finds his obsession that he can create his most inspired work.”Anamorph

Obsession is a nasty word. Or so most people think.

Obsession and vice go hand in hand. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, adverbs, and obsessions.

But art is also built by people who are obsessed with the act of creating beauty. People who have a certain vision and will stop at nothing to achieve it.

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Burning out

In case you didn’t notice, I spend last week finishing projects and releasing them. As a matter of fact, I managed to release more books than I was able to announce.

So, how long can you keep this up? The grind.

How long before you burn out?

Well… the thing is, this whole grind thing… it’s only meant to put you in a certain state of mind, which is everything when it comes to doing pretty much anything in life.

And the state of mind that comes with the idea of hard work, of having to fight to get what you want, doesn’t allow you to act all lazy and Netflix and chill your way through life.

But it is more important to work smart.

Say what?

Yeah.

It is more important to do what you can, when you can, and then become better at it, and do more in less time.

You’re not rewarded for the time you invest. You are rewarded for the value of your time. And you are the only one who gives said time its value.

That being said, how do you avoid burning out?

By having fun, of course.

You need to enjoy the journey. I keep writing this, expecting it to become the eleventh commandment or something. If you do not enjoy the good and the bad of a situation, you’ll run out of motivation, patience, and energy.

“One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”Jeff Bezos

TMM: Words are loneliness

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“Words are loneliness.”Henry Miller

You find yourself late at night in a quiet room. There’s no one around; no movement, no noise, nothing to break time into small pieces. You are alone. And you begin to type words on a computer. While the entire world seems to dream, you type away all the dreams you have stored up in your heart. Slowly, maybe even painfully at times, you write all those dreams into existence. They take a different form… not quite alive, but not as dead as they feel when they’re trapped inside your mind. Continue reading

Religion? Profession?

religionJ.D. Salinger once wrote (in his novella, Seymour: An Introduction), “Do you know what I was smiling at? You wrote down that you were a writer by profession. It sounded to me like the loveliest euphemism I had ever heard. When was writing ever your profession? It’s never been anything but your religion. Never. I’m a little over-excited now. Since it is your religion, do you know what you will be asked when you die? But let me tell you first what you won’t be asked. You won’t be asked if you were working on a wonderful, moving piece of writing when you died. You won’t be asked if it was long or short, sad or funny, published or unpublished. You won’t be asked if you were in good or bad form while you were working on it. You won’t even be asked if it was the one piece of writing you would have been working on if you had known your time would be up when it was finished […] I’m so sure you’ll get asked only two questions.’ Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out? If only you knew how easy it would be for you to say yes to both questions. If only you’d remember before ever you sit down to write that you’ve been a reader long before you were ever a writer. You simply fix that fact in your mind, then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world Buddy Glass would most want to read if he had his heart’s choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write it. You just sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself. I won’t even underline that. It’s too important to be underlined.”

Overall, I believe this is some of the best writing advice ever written. But I’d like to analyze the hell out of this paragraph, and tell you what I think about writing being either a profession or a religion. Continue reading

Artist of the Week: Jackson Pollock

Hi guys,

Decided for a new series. Artist of the Week. A showcase on a different artist. For inspirational purposes.

I believe it is important to know what those before you created. Art is like a pyramid. You add on top of what others created.

That being said, the first artist is one whose influence to modern art is impossible to deny.

Jackson Pollock.

Controversial?

Perhaps.

I am by no means an art critic, so I’ll just say that I admire his paintings for their bizarre complexity. Colors influence emotions, or so psychologists claim. And having so many colors, all fighting to be noticed, is undoubtedly a way to make people feel something.

What does that make you feel?

What do you make of it?

What does it mean?

To each of us, art means something different. It affects us differently.