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April 21st, 2010

Word-based brains and Visual-based brains

Posted by christina in Web Columns

My favorite columnist, Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle, assembled some thoughts on how word-based people feel when asked to go visual. It ran on my birthday, which was perfect because he could have been describing my life. Not only is drawing, painting, and even photography a frustrating and often daunting experience for me, but I also have trouble understanding why many visual people think what I do with words is magic.

The column also reminded me of when I was writing arts stories for the newspaper. I became wary about interviewing visual artists. So many of these wonderfully creative, intelligent people would have so much trouble describing what they do. Even basic facts about their lives were often hard for them to articulate. They would become flustered and embarrassed. I did my best to assure them that all they had to do was talk — my job was to organize the nuggets and write the story. Sometimes that helped, sometimes it didn’t. I’m sure both sides came away shaking their heads about how the other half lives.

Here’s the column that sums up how my half lives.

January 20th, 2010

The Big, Invisible Moving Pieces

Posted by christina in Web Columns

I have titled this post with someone else’s title. I’m hoping it is not construed as plagiarism, since I do it only because I cannot improve on the brilliance behind it, and trying to paraphrase it or do a catchy headline for my blog would be demeaning and insulting. Please read the words of Dr. Karl Paulnack in his welcome address to the parents of the freshman class at The Boston Conservatory. Dr. Paulnack is Director of the conservatory’s Music Division.

The Big, Invisible Moving Pieces

January 20th, 2010

Thinking Outside the Tool Box

Posted by christina in Web Columns

I am constantly in awe of when, where and how art will spring forth in our world. This article ran in the San Francisco Chronicle last November and I continue to think about it as an inspiration that no endeavor in our lives needs to be merely mundane: Artist whose medium is hardware store windows

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