contemplating getting back on the path to creativity

For about a year and a half, maybe longer, I’ve been in a creative slump. My goal lately has been to yank myself out using the tuft on my neck that you pick puppies and kittens up by when they’re getting into something they shouldn’t.

Creative slumps suck.

As an artist, it’s easy to point at all the extraneous factors that are at fault. Certainly there are external factors that come into play. For example: doctor’s appointments, an accident, or any other life moment that may distract from productivity.

I’ve seen other artists — people in general — complain about the current political climate and blame that for certain levels of anxiety and lack of productivity. I share that sentiment completely.

It may be too early to shout out to the world about getting out of this slump, but I’m putting myself on the path. And with hard work and perseverance, I hope to stay there.

I’ve been seeing a therapist lately, and we’ve been exploring my fears, insecurities and how they pertain to self-expression.

Like other artists, I allow fear to prevent me from creating something, for fear it’s going to turn out shitty. Not creating anything defeats the purpose of the creative.

I recently completed this self portrait.


It is a motion portrait, btw, so look for movement.  It’s one of many things I hope to do to stay on the path. I’m not saying it’s the BEST image in the world. But it’s an image. It’s an executed idea. I had the vision. I made a version of it. I’m sharing it with the world. I’m moving on.

In a way, it’s a metaphor for how I want to grow out of this place of fear and become bigger in the eyes of my audience. Whoever that might be.

I designed the visual with a couple different people in mind as the subject. One girl didn’t respond at all to my request. Another one told me she wasn’t the one for the job. At least she responded.

The image is a compilation of eight images composited into one. I’m working on a behind the scenes video now to show how I put it together.


Happiness is …

… A homemade bowl of barley and mushroom soup. Happiness is changing your diet to an almost exclusively fresh ingredient menu.

soup topHappiness is Homemade, because canned soup has enough sodium to fill a salt mine … And ramen noodle soup has enough sodium to fill that mine twice.

Happiness is homemade soup, served in a bowl your mom bought you (with your name on it) because she had the foresight to know that one day, it really would be “Jeremy’s Soup”. Thanks, Mom, for providing the discipline and the health education to make this process so much easier.


Bon Appetit.

Sarah Palin’s List of Services

I imagine that celebrities and politicians have a list of services that a person or organization could hire them for.

  • Public Speaking. Check.
  • Graduation speaking. Check.
  • Product Endorsement. Check for E.D.

Sarah Palin has one that others don’t.

  • Boost TV ratings by acting like a complete goon. Booya.

I read here after googling services that politians offer that Letterman has succeeded in making Palin look good. Wait, what?

I guess to a Palin supporter, she might look okay. But comedy is no-holds barred. There is no sacred ground. There’s no bad news here. What? Because formidably awful Olive Garden pulled its ads from the show, we should all be crying with Palin?

Olive Garden is awful.

And so is Palin.

The Irony

I saw this horrible sign here: The Dangers of Fundamentalism, Part 94 – Jeffrey Goldberg

Apart from the sickheaded foulness of the statement, there is a rich irony in the posting of the biblical passage Galatians 6:7. It says no one mocks god.

That sign is nothing but a mockery of god. 

It’s like a Walmart sign. “Come inside where our greeters will greet you. Our sermons are cheap and the music is cheaper. Our prices are low to stomp out the competition. Our competition are those evil abortionists like Tiller, and boy did we stomp that asshole out.”

Nobody mocks god better than Christians.