Life in the Garden

“Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.” –Oscar de la Renta

I’m not a good gardener despite reading and trial and many errors. But I’ve always liked messing around in the dirt, being witness to one of the most remarkable miracles that still exist (thankfully): seeds sprouting into plants which we can then nurture to harvest. Continue reading “Life in the Garden”

Painting in the Here and Now

In early 2014, I took a weekend painting course with the goal of overcoming a painting block. I really missed painting, something I used to do quite a lot, but which I had stopped doing over the course of a deteriorating marriage and in the aftermath of a bad divorce.

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The Role of IQ in Making Art

I was relieved to learn that I am not damned by my life-long fear of being discovered to be less intelligent than everyone else. According to “Wired to Create,” by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, a cognitive psychologist, and the scientific director of the Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and Carolyn Gregoire, a Huffington Post writer, you don’t have to have a high IQ to be creative, to be an artist:

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