Perfect Day in Ohio

There are some days when it’s just wrong to stay inside. You know what I mean?  We went for a walk, and saw such pretty colors… I think my creative inspiration tank was running low, and I’m so glad I slowed down to fill ‘er up!  (By the way, who can tell me what those yellow berries/ fruits are?)

red fall berries

 

fall colors

 

autumn colors yellow and orange

 

fall colors

 

fall leaves

 

fall colors orange leaves

 

Steve Jobs Inspired

I read this cartoon today.  It’s true.  There was something about Steve Jobs, highlighted by his death, that speaks to the heart of our culture right now.  Certain symbolic qualities, thrown into high relief by the dismal state of our economy and the blah, blah, blahing of political maneuvering, seem to take on an even greater importance.

Rebellion.  Simplicity.  Art.  Competence.  Connectivity.  Precision. Dreams.

Comic Riffs: Quick sketches on deadline. (Cavna - TWP)

Tributes are pouring in from every corner of the blogosphere.  I’ve rounded up some of the art that is being generated, although I’m sure this is just the beginning – I”ll add to this post as I find more.  My favorite of this grouping is the graffiti.  Rebellious. Simple. Art.

A tribute to Steve Jobs

Graffiti by Taker, photo AZso

Tribute to Steve Jobs | We are orphan...

photo by Dominik Fusina, Flickr

Stephen Edward Graphics, Etsy

tribute to steve jobs

Picture: Mint Digital/PA, The Telegraph

 

Steve Jobs 2011 (black)

Illustration by Charis Tsevis

“Picasso had a saying. He said, ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”
— Steve Jobs in PBS’s “Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires” (1996)

The Gap Between Good Taste and Ability

Ira Glass photo: Tina Fineberg/ AP

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap.

For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.  But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

– Ira Glass of This American Life