Stray Thoughts on Art

The Tools of the Trade – or:

How to become a world-class Artist, in eleven easy steps:

Picture of tools used for art projects

Step 1: Inherit a trust fund.

            If Step 1 is not an option, go directly to Step 2.


Step 2: Lose your fear of failure.


Step 3: Stop listening to your Parents, Critics, and your internal Censor.


Step 4: Travel.


Step 5: Fall in love with the wrong person.


Step 6: Fall in love with the right person.


Step 7: Learn the following:

  • 2-D Design

  • 3-D Design

  • Algebra

  • Art History

  • Ceramics

  • Chemistry

  • Construction

  • Electrical Repair

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Geometry

  • Glass Blowing

  • Glass Casting

  • Marketing

  • Meditation

  • Painting

  • Sandblasting

  • Stained Glass Techniques

  • Teaching

  • Tool Making

  • Welding

  • Writing

  • Yoga, and

  • When to Stop Answering Your Texts.


Step 8: Admit you really don't know what you're doing.  Go to Step 9.


Step 9: Spend the rest of your life taking classes, refining your techniques, and hang out with other artists, eating great food, drinking great beer and wine, and discussing anything but art.


Step 10: Create your art.


Step 11: Repeat Steps 2-10, as needed.

Woman sweeping mess under rug
Artist using a torch to create glass art