I began work on the Conor McGregor Photorealistic Charcoal Drawing in January 2016. For the next couple months I worked on it on-and-off and finally settled on completion in mid March. The Conor McGregor Drawing makes a great gift and keepsake of a truly unique and gifted sportsman.
When I load the dishwasher I do so with certain noticeable patterns of behaviour, order and structure. I set it up in such a way that ensures the glasses, cups, dishes and cutlery get washed properly and it makes it easy to unload later. But not everyone in our house does. Here’s how I’ve managed to deal with that.
It’s daytime, almost 4pm and there’s no one else here, it’s just me at my desk. Then the conversation starts. Does it ever really stop I wonder. I can’t say exactly what triggers it, or maybe I can but I don’t like to admit it. But one thing I do know is I’m alone, there’s nobody else around. “What are you doing here?”, it asks.
The Larb: New Podcast Launching Soon I’ve done some experimentation with podcasts over the last couple years and enjoyed the learning process. Feedback was good on the shows I produced. After only a short while I began to develop some traction with listeners, other hosts and interviewees. But for one reason or another the content […]
We’ve grown up with rules and regulations, a preset route to monotonous normality disguised as life success and so it doesn’t have to be that way for them. The greatest challenge for us parents is to allow our children follow their interests and let that take them wherever it will. Only then can they ever have a chance of creating something special and unique according to their own values.
Some days I look at my medium stats, or my WordPress stats, or the number of sign ups to Sunday Letters and all I see is tumbleweed. “Christ, look at all the work I’m doing and not so much as a sinner turned up to read my shit today. What the fuck am I doing here”, I say to myself. It can be very deflating but the good news is there’s something we can do about it.
We hold high this apparent virtue in western society with regard to success and achievement. It’s especially so with men, and goes something like this; Never give up your dreams. Winners never quit, quitters never win. Finish what you started, see it through to the end no matter what. But then again, we can choose to get out too early. So how do we know?
William James was an American physician, philosopher and psychologist often referred to as the father of American psychology. He was responsible for publishing many influential works during his lifetime, of which the article “Habit” published in February 1887 is one. Here we can see how the basic principles of habit formation have not changed.
Hear voices in your head? I do. My guess is, like everyone else on this planet, you also do. Of course I’ve not interviewed everyone on the planet but this is my long considered view. I don’t hear multiple voices, I just hear one. It appears to be me, has my accent, language and so on. It’s usually a passive thing and it engages in questions and answers with itself. But there’s no sound, just the thoughts.
Everyone is an artist, and everyone has the potential to create art in their work if they choose to. But very few of us choose to. For most of us, work is a means to an end. It’s something that we’d rather not do but we do it because we have to. We have made our commitments, primarily to others, and we’ve got to keep them. The goals we have are largely head goals and they are rarely our own.