Being an artist is often likened to being on a journey, one filled with various ups and downs and twists and turns. At times it feels rather thankless, and at other times the gateway into incredible experiences and people. I often think about the track my life would have taken had I not become an … More The unexpected benefits of being an artist
As I talked with artist Michael Gadlin in his studio in Blue Silo Studios north of Denver’s RINO district, a theme emerged: one of individuality, originality and risk-taking as an artist. Gadlin’s late mentor, the sculptor Roland Bernier, would often repeat to him, “Michael, painting is dead. That’s why I don’t do it.” For many … More Artists I Know: Michael Gadlin
The public shaming– and defense– of actor Geoffrey Owens, the Cosby Show cast member who was recently “caught” working as a cashier at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey by various news outlets, struck me. I think it hit the nerve of every creative person, as many of us collectively jumped to his defense. Maybe … More Creatives sometimes have to get day jobs. We aren’t failures. Deal with it.
In 2009 I shifted from my academic teaching career to working as a full-time artist. What I did not realize when I did this was that I was embarking on a journey as a creative entrepreneur. It has been quite the road I have walked; I made a lot of mistakes, but I succeeded a … More artboss: a workshop for creative entrepreneurs
“But the artist… speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation — and to the subtle but invincible conviction of solidarity that knits together the loneliness of innumerable hearts, … More The Role of the Artist in Society (if there is one)
When I asked Jeffrey Keith, my friend, mentor and former professor, if I could interview him for my “Artists I Know” series, he acquiesced, on the condition that I keep my boring interview questions to myself. Instead, he had a special request: Write the story of that time we had dinner with the reknowned artist … More Artists I Know: Jeffrey Keith (and our dinner with Robert Ryman)
Today I had a realization. I was sitting at my acupuncture appointment, with my four month old baby on my lap,. He’s cooing and kicking and wiggling and laughing, while I’ve got needles stuck in me in an attempt to clear out a nasty headache that had set in with the heat wave this week. … More The List of Undone Things
Bridge, mixed media on canvas, ©2015 Julia Rymer (Or, what makes a color feminine or masculine?) My former mentor and art professor once gave me an exercise to push through a painting block I was experiencing. He said, “Make two paintings that are the most ugly paintings you have ever seen. Use every color you … More What is Color Identity?
One of the most profound moments of my artistic career happened not with a great mentor or inspiring artist. It happened, instead, with a professor I quite detested at the time for their negativity, cynicism, and angst. I never took another class from her, in fact. But their advice to me in that moment was … More Being The Artist You Are