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Life Cycle - Edwin H Land and Steve Jobs

In this episode, we will look at the lives of two industrial designers who altered the world of consumer goods. There is no hint of hyperbole when I say that both of these artists have changed the very lives of hundreds of millions of people.


Genius Interrupted - Mozart and Winifred Knights

In this episode, we will look at the lives of two artistic geniuses who had external circumstances prevent their lives from achieving the true recognition they deserved. The goal, by the end of the show, is to bring their stories to you so that we can all be inspired by their greatness. Here is a link to Winifred's The Deluge


Extreme Acts - Bryan Lewis Saunders and Chris Burden

In this episode we will examine the art of these two individuals who used their bodies as vessels of self expression. And while such practices have been done throughout the history of art and in many cultures as a rite of passage, both Chris and Bryan pushed the envelope into very dark and dangerous places Here is the link to Orlan's work....tough to watch Here is the link to Bryan's drug fueled...


Going Commercial - Feist and Caesars

In this episode we will examine the effects of commercial success on an artist and their art. And when I say commercial, I mean this literally. The two artists in this episode were fortunate enough to have one of their songs prominently featured in a National television ad for the consumer electronics juggernaut also known as Apple. This single act, as we will hear, had an immediate impact on the careers of these musicians. They were, as if in an instant, rocketed to heights of popularity...


Creative Block - Many Artists Many Ways

In this episode, I will be addressing the monster that is creative block. All artists, at some point in their career have experienced this drought in their process. And I am sure you have as well. While some of these periods can be brief, a day or two, there have been blocks that have lasted years. Tormenting the artist and, in the worst cases, having them turn away permanently from their true path.


Nature's Way - 2nd Law and Entropy

In this episode we will explore a concept I have been excitedly working on as I feel that it will have a large impact on you and your art. It is based on a law in nature that, if mastered, can bring art to another level of engagement not to mention the positive impact it will have on the artist. As mentioned, here are images of the sculptures I spoke of: High Energy (Low Entropy) works: And Ai WeiWei's work: And here are the Low Energy (High Entropy) works: And The Lightning...


Path Followed - Thelonious Monk and Louise Bourgeois

In this episode we will look at how being unyielding, loyal and single - minded in the belief that the creative path you are on is the only path forward, can bring about the recognition your work deserves regardless of the amount of time it takes. Please take some quiet time and listen to this masterful version: Here are Louise's rules for artistic success: And here is...


One Chance - Boston Garden, 1968 and The Drag, 1927

In this episode we will look at how a single artistic performance can have enormous implications for society at large. This is going to be an amazing show as we will look at the Boston Garden concert of James Brown in 1968 and a play, titled The Drag, written by Mae West, performed in 1927 and how these specific productions reverberated throughout their times.


Complete Unknown - Thomas Pynchon and Daft Punk

In this episode we will look at artists who have gone to great lengths to remain anonymous, to stay out of the public eye and control how their image is used in the media. While such a feat may have been possible in the days before the mass technology adoption, we know that the pursuit of anonymity in today’s social climate with a person’s ability to instantaneously capture still images and video and share them with millions of people seconds later, may prove impossible in the long term....


Horrible Deal - The Rolling Stones and Neil Gaiman

In this episode we will have a look at two artists who found themselves in legal situations that severely impacted their creativity, their reputations and, more importantly, their livelihoods. This episode will highlight the many serious problems artists can experience when the business side of the creative process is not given full focus Here is Tommy doing his version of Mony Mony Here is John Lennon talking about Allen Klein..yeah he's...


Poisonous Love - Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso

In this episode we will look at the troubling lives of these artists to uncover the abusive, and deadly relationships that impacted their lives and the lives of those they loved. This is going to be a bit of a disturbing show, so please take note. Some of the content in this episode may be hard to listen to. Here is the painting Massacre of the Innocents noted in the show regarding Francis Bacon. Pretty disturbing.


Against Odds - Christy Brown and Ludwig Van Beethoven

In this episode, we will hear about how these artists were impacted by their physical impairments and the impact such limitations had on their art. But, more importantly, by the end of the episode, we will come to see how the art they deeply yearned to create ended up saving their lives. Great interview with Christy as he paints. Interesting breakdown of how Beethoven's music changed with his...


Women First - Dorothy Arzner and Amy Beach

In this episode we will look at two extraordinary artists who broke through the many barriers they faced to become recognized and respected for their drive, determination and above all, their talent. This is going to be a great episode and one that will gift all of us with methods to improve our creative processes. Here is a short clip about Dorothy: And here is a very beautiful piece by prodigy Amy...


Outsource Me - Mark Kostabi and Damien Hirst

In this episode we will look at artists who have bragged openly about farming out their artwork and claiming it as their own creation. Yes, as ridiculous as this sounds. there are many artists who have, or are currently, selling work that they had no hand in producing. Here is the Di Vinci work I mentioned. Which one is more his.... Here is a link to the 60 minutes Mark Kostabi interview..great to watch: Here is a link to our favorite...


Deep Oppression - Naji al-Ali and Kudzanai Chiurai

In this episode, we will examine the impact of government oppression and the artists who have risked their lives to rally against this injustice. Hopefully, at the end of this show, we will find some methods or practices we can incorporate into our artistic processes. To see some of Naji's cartoons, please visit: And to see Kudzanai's image of Robert Mugabe, see...


Creative Smack - Layne Staley and Ginger Baker

I want to start this episode, the final one in Season One, by saying this: I did not want to do this episode. I had thoughts to never do it. The main reason is that I am not interested in promoting the use of any drug especially to those who may be inclined to experiment in an effort to further their artistic career. Here is a video showing my favorite Alice in Chains song: And here is a video showing the talent of Ginger...


Higher Power - Antoni Gaudi and Frank Gehry

In this episode, we will see if faith in a higher power can lead an artist to works of art that transcend the commonplace. Or, does the belief in untethered self-motivation triumph divine inspiration? For a nice video of the Sagrada, please click on the link and select the video "Building a Dream" Here is Gehry's Guggenheim work: And here is Duchamp's work that was mentioned in the episode, look at the...


In Solitude - Henry David Thoreau and J. D. Salinger

In this episode, we will look on the idea of solitude as it relates to the artistic process. We will see how artists have been impacted by self imposed solitude and, more importantly, how it shaped their art. Hopefully by the end of this show, we will have some idea if solitude is still relevant in today’s hyper connected lifestyle and whether or not it is a path you need to explore. Great article about...


Getting Fooled - Nat Tate and Joaquin Phoenix

In this episode we will look at artists who have made it their goal to pull the wool over the eyes of the viewing public. We're they successful? Or did their attempts fail to convince an ever skeptical audience? By the end of this show we will have an answer to that and we will also shed some light on whether perpetrating such frauds would benefit your creative career. Here is an image of Nat Tates work that was sold at Sothebys: Here is Joaquins Letterman...


Being Hated - Ernest Hemingway and Maya Lin

In this episode we will look at the raw emotion of hate as it applies to artists and their work. By looking at these two artists, we will see if hate can derail a career? Or, does hate allow the artist total freedom to produce work that draws so much negativity it actually thrives? Hopefully at the end of this episode we will have some perspective on the hate and the damage it can do. Here is a rough cut interview with Hemingway where you can see the impact of his many head trauma's...