Changing Patterns

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At first glance the three 28-foot-high metal-riveted wooden doors appear to struggle to stand in place, leaning against each other for support. As you approach, your understanding of the precariously perched structure changes over to an image of balance and strength.

Making Connections

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I recently took the opportunity to explore a few of the more than seventy public art pieces displayed throughout the city of Scottsdale, Arizona. As I strolled along the landscaped paths of the Scottsdale Waterfront area, I was immediately taken by the spectacular plantings of trees and dramatic flowers, the fountains, and the public art… Read more »

Fill Your Cup

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I recently presented two professional development workshops in Las Vegas for music teachers in Clark County Schools. The presentations were designed for elementary, junior high, and high school teachers in the district.

Bring Your Music to Life

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I had the privilege of conducting the Arizona All-State Band last month. The experience was extraordinary. One hundred students from schools throughout the state participated after going through several steps to qualify.

Change Is Inevitable

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Artists work in a flexible, fluid environment. It is an internal setting that is vulnerable to the process of openness and trust. When you begin a painting, sculpture, musical composition, or performance, there is potential for that artistic expression to develop into something.

Conscious Creative Confidence

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Artists often experience dramatic and varying waves of confidence swings. There are days when things go well, when they feel strong and productive; and then there are days when they question their abilities or feel weak and insignificant.

Fresh Start

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Every time an artist begins a new work or prepares for a performance the world is wide open. There is a level of excitement about that moment that’s invigorating. It’s a fresh start.

Shake Up the Holidays

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Artists create unique masterpieces and, although they sometimes get stuck or experience moments when they’re uninspired, they have learned ways to expand their creativity and keep their art fresh.

Arts and Ambiguity

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Images, movement, and sounds in works of art can be understood in more than one way. In fact, most artists know that appreciation and interpretation from multiple perspectives is an important characteristic of their work.

A Matter of Interpretation

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An artist’s interpretation—representation of a thought, a scene, an event, or an object—might be in the form of sound, video, painting, drama, dance, or sculpture.

Inquire, Imagine, Innovate

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As we begin a new academic year when students of all ages are starting or returning to school, it’s important to consider what it is we’re trying to provide in a 21st century education.

Wonder and Insight

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Artistic expression is much more than a skill or a line of work. It’s an imaginative, inspired, and innovative way of communicating and living life.

Celebrate!

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This quote by Nobel Prize winning author André Paul Guillaume Gide was particularly relevant last weekend as the country celebrated more than two hundred years of independence.

Creating a Masterpiece

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Listening to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, gazing at Michelangelo’s Pietá or da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, hearing Leonard Bernstein’s music in a production of West Side Story, or reading the works of William Shakespeare may well leave you in a state of wonder and amazement. How long does it take for artists to create such masterpieces?

Allowing Creativity to Flow

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Artists allow themselves to fall deeply into the artistic process. Time seems to stand still and self-expression takes over. This kind of involvement allows their innermost thoughts and feelings to find an outlet. Engrossing themselves deeply in the artistic process helps artists to slow down, and that allows creativity to flourish.

Move out of Your Comfort Zone

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Artists have unique sets of skills learned through the materials, elements, structures, and rules of their art forms. They know, however, that their greatest art is created when they take those basic techniques and break them apart just enough to take them to the edge and create something innovative and new. It requires a thorough… Read more »

Live Your Art

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One of the most important aspects of artistic expression is passion. When you consider passion from an artist’s point of view, it’s important to note the profound experience that takes place in the process of creating and performing art.

A New View

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The display of works in the recent exhibit of John Singer Sargent watercolors at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was a delight to the eye.

New Year – New Art

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People make New Year’s resolutions because it feels like it’s a chance to begin again. New Year’s resolutions are essentially a creative process.