Newsletter - June 2017

Self Portrait (Spring 2017)

Keep it simple (stupid)

Self Portrait (Spring 2017)



I hope I am not alone with this problem. I have a backlog of tasks I want to accomplish, problem is when I sit down to do the work I get bogged down in details and distractions, and end up making my process too complicated. I've given the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) advice to many people, however I tend to forget it when it comes to my own work, so this past week I've been trying to follow it. The Newsletter is the first project that I plan on keeping simple going forward.

Here is a short list of things I found interesting that I wanted to share with you.

  • Anything worth doing or wishing for will require struggle, hardship and pain - and just like negative outcomes - will help determine the quality of your life. Mark Manson turns the question “What do you want out of life?” on its head.
each medium or technique offers an appeal of its own.... One jumps in and, if lucky, finds ways to proceed.
— Jasper Johns
  • There's an allure to creating monotypes - destruction in creation. I've been attempting to create monotypes, the process distills down to this: you destroy what you created to create something new. The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article on Jasper Johns process of creating his monotypes.
  • Jon Wilkening got me to sit down with him for his podcast The Creative Bar - we discuss coffee, Scotch, photography, projects and process - give a listen and let us know what you think. 
  • In art you know what you like when you see it, just as you know when you detest something. Don't stop there,  now ask yourself "why?", you won't arrive at an answer with ease. Paul Klee suggested to analyze the most elementary components—line, form, and colour—to determine what makes an image successful or problematic.
  • When I visited my family in April, I made this bread with one change to the recipe: I used yeast that needed to be activated. The added time I had to wait for the yeast worked in my favour - rather than throwing everything into a bowl and making it quickly, this added step of waiting for the yeast to do its thing slowed me down and made me pay attention; something we all forget to do in our fast paced lives. And yes, it turned out perfectly
  • 10,000 hours of practice may make perfect, but it isn’t equal when it comes to creativity, which must be original, meaningful, and surprising. Fair warning: it’s a long read.
  • W. Eugene Smith made a lasting impact on photojournalism with his photo essays, here’s a look at Country Doctor, which helped to highlight the shortage of country doctors.
  • Rob Hudson is not your typical landscape photographer, he uses words and creates fiction in his photography series. This was one of the first of his series, Toward the Sun, that I came across.
  • A very short documentary about Ed Ruscha (roo-SHAY) who has had a very long career, “I hope people are inspired by Ed's very earnest approach to art-making and the reminder that ideas evolve and the best we can do is to follow our instincts and move with them.” — Felipe Lima (director)

That's it for this month, thanks for taking the time to read! If you enjoyed this Newsletter pass it along to someone else who might like it, or tell me what you thought.

If you'd like to have this Newsletter delivered to your inbox you can subscribe here.