FINDING FOCUS: NOUNS REVISITED

FINDING FOCUS: NOUNS REVISITED

You may have noticed a little video clip in the last post.  Maybe it didn’t seem to make much sense there.  Maybe you viewed it…maybe you didn’t. Did it stop you or did you skip straight to the photos in the post?

Don’t panic, it wasn’t a test and you didn’t fail!

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FINDING FOCUS: ON SIMPLICITY (Part 2, the problem and the solution)

FINDING FOCUS: ON SIMPLICITY (Part 2, the problem and the solution)

Recently, I was cleaning out years of accumulation in my childhood home after my father’s passing and I stumbled upon report cards from my early years in elementary school.  Year after year they all said roughly the same thing:  “Tony is a smart kid but he just doesn’t apply himself.”  “Tony needs to work harder.”  “Tony is lazy.”  “Tony does just enough to get by.”

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FINDING FOCUS: LIE TO ME!

FINDING FOCUS: LIE TO ME!

Alright, so let me set the scene.  A student and I are standing in a place which is undeniably beautiful.  All day we’ve been surrounded by its unique appeal and yet, the student is lamenting that his images just aren’t that beautiful.  Sound familiar?  I thought so.

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Finding Focus Workshop: Student Work

Finding Focus Workshop: Student Work

 

I’ve tried to start this post a number of times but my attempts keep missing the mark.  Summing up the first ever Finding Focus workshop has proven a challenge and my excitement about the experience is preventing me from being able to distill my thoughts into coherent sentences.  I feel like an excited 9 year old, hopped up on Easter candy and trying to explain the plot of the newest superhero movie I just watched.

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FINDING FOCUS: ON INSPIRATION

FINDING FOCUS: ON INSPIRATION

(Last night I watched episode 1 of the Netflix series “Abstract.”  It centered around illustrator Christoph Niewmann and I was all at once humbled and inspired by both his art and the description of his creative process.  He’s one of those guys who can show you something for the first time.  His illustrations sum up familiar things in brand new ways.  His words get to the heart of what it means to be a creative.  This post was inspired by that episode.)

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FINDING FOCUS: SCRATCH THAT ITCH

FINDING FOCUS: SCRATCH THAT ITCH

Look up “creature of habit” and you’ll see a picture of me. There I am, doing things the same way over and over again because it works.  Funny, isn’t it?  But look in the background of that same picture…who is that? It’s YOU!

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