Breadcrumbs: Keeping up Appearances.

I am a shy person, genuinely. This often surprises people, because in social settings conversation comes easily to me. I don’t act like an introvert in social settings, so I can’t be one, surely? What people don’t see are the hours and sometimes days of dread I feel leading up to any kind of social…

Breadcrumbs: The Lies I tell Myself

In occasional fits of despair, I can be found lying face down on the floor grousing about how “I just want to make things, I just want to create something!”  You know what?  I don’t think that’s entirely true.  Furthermore, I think that mentality actually runs counter to being a creative type. I don’t want…

Breadcrumbs: Nothing is Sacred.

Let me tell you a story. Years ago, I came into a little money and I set out to buy some new art supplies.  I was so excited to buy something nicer than the student grade stuff to which I had become accustomed.  I bought a tube of beautiful ultramarine watercolor.  I don’t remember the…

Breadcrumbs: Rubric.

The sap is beginning to rise out here in the Chihuahua desert, there’s actual warmth in the air and my basement dungeon of an apartment is beginning to thaw out.  That has nothing to do with the rest of this piece, I just think it’s nice to feel my toesies again.  (If I haven’t mentioned it before,…

Breadcrumbs: Grind

Hustle, grind, embrace the suck, making your bones.  Learning how to put in the work has been one of the most beneficial practices I’ve learned yet, (though by no means perfected).  Hard work on its own is no guarantee.  Look at the lives of just about any artist, musician, or writer.  Chances are, there were…