I have had the good fortune to experience a lot of cool things in my career, but today was certainly a highlight. I attended an event with a private cello performance by Yo-Yo Ma, and was sitting in the front row less than 10 feet away from him as he played his 1712 Stradivarius. It … Continue reading Witnessing Greatness
I had the great pleasure the other day to see the Chuck Jones exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Chuck Jones was a legendary animator who worked on the great Warner Brothers shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Roadrunner, and many more. He also created the classic animated specials for … Continue reading Chuck Jones and the Power of Scaffolding
There are only a few things in life that are important. These tropes and archetypes recur and recur. This presents the artist with a dilemma–focus on the important things, and risk seeming derivative, or focus on being original at the risk of spending one’s efforts on the trivial. To me, much of modern art smacks … Continue reading Original or Important?