Category Archives: Lessons I Learned in the Dark

Why Artists Are the Luckiest People I Know

“Picasso was drawing like an angel in the crib.” – Louise Nevelson, Sculptor A few years ago, I was at a friend’s house socializing with a few people at a little get-together. One of the people at the party was … Continue reading

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Going Through: Surviving the Swamplands of the Artistic Journey

“Truth is always on the side of the more difficult.” – Friedrich Nietzche Not too far from the small town where I grew up in northwest Louisiana, there is a long stretch of swamplands called, graphically enough, “Black Lake Swamp.” … Continue reading

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The Song Unsung

“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung.”  –  Rabindranath Tagore Several years ago the American Medical Association found that most heart attacks occur around nine o’clock on Monday … Continue reading

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Hymn to the Barely Brave

This blog is for the barely brave and beginning lovers like me, who refuse to abandon their dream, now more humble and real, and struggle to meet life and even death head on.  It is for those who value personal … Continue reading

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The Great Devotion

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the … Continue reading

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Don’t Believe Your Own Thoughts: What Can An Artist Learn From Mark Twain?

“I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”          –Mark Twain, US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 – 1910) It’s been estimated by psychologists that during the course of a normal day … Continue reading

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Gary Bolyer’s 5 Most Inspirational Art Blogs of All Time

Okay, so you want to be inspired? You want to feel something don’t you? You want to feel it in your bones? Then you must read these 5 inspirational art blogs that I have written. If you don’t know what … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Bucket List?

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do. ~Zachary Scott To change one’s … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Andy Warhol

“Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone’s got to take care of all your details.”  – Andy Warhol Not long ago I was in Manhattan around Union Square.  I actually go there pretty … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Fickle. Don’t Change Directions

America is facing some of its greatest challenges ever.  The America that we have today is much different from the America that I knew as a boy. I think that one of the biggest problems facing Americans today is that we’ve become a very … Continue reading

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