Dramatically increase your rate of failure

Just do it

I had lofty plans for an issue on impermanence or practice but have shelved those topics for another time. It's Tuesday and time to go to press.

Here's the deal. I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina not quite twelve days ago and much of my work time has been sacrificed to driving around in circles (or miles past destinations), then finding my way around, meeting and greeting, setting up order in new digs, etcetera.

Also, a group of Tibetan monks were visiting down the street, creating and destroying a sacred sand mandala. I've seen two created before but this time took advantage of their proximity to attend both opening and closing ceremonies, stopping by regularly to see progress.

So, this week, I'll just say that I've started a new daily drawing practice blog (an exuberantly humbling experience.) I've had no time to design or develop the blog itself, only to draw and post. But that's the point!

You can visit that blog by clicking on the image above. Follow the blog or subscribe by email. Don't be shy, leave your reply (comments) on the daily posts. Help me get some energy going over there!

PS If you're in the Triangle region of North Carolina, please let me know. If you have friends or family in the area who might like what I offer, please pass this along to them. I'll be offering regional talk/demos, workshops and have set up a unique invitation list for the area.
"Many artists become so afraid of producing artworks of sub-standard quality, that they never produce anything at all. Unless it meets their imagined ideal of what they ought to be able to produce, they procrastinate and make excuses, instead of making art. That avoids the humiliation, but it also ensures that nothing is produced.

"It has been said that we all learn from our mistakes, so the best way to become a success is to drastically increase your rate of failure. I think we should make failure our goal. How liberating is that? We get to make art, knowing from the outset that it is our intention to produce something not quite good enough. For perhaps the first time in our lives, instead of being afraid of making something that isn’t quite perfect, we’re emboldened to go ahead and make something we know, for certain, won’t be."

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