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    Iteration 62: What’s Next?

    Iteration 62: What’s Next?

    



    What happens next? That’s the question isn’t it? It’s something I get asked a lot, especially lately, both from friends and from strangers. I wish I had an answer but honestly I’m still spending a fair bit of time struggling to answer “what now?” I’m sure most of you are thinking about it too and maybe you even have an answer. Eventually, we’ll all have to think about it. What happens when we can go outside — without a mask — to grab dinner with family and friends, go to the movies, see a baseball game and just get back to something resembling normal? But, what does normal even look like in the wake of this?



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    If you’re a gamer—and even if you’re not—the tech demo for Unreal Engine 5 running on the PS5 is pretty damn impressive. The level of detail that’s possible is just incredible and in many ways it’s a quantum leap over the already impressive Unreal Engine 4, which in addition to being used to power AAA games was also used to create the virtual environments on Disney’s The Mandelorian.

    PS5 Unreal Engine 5 Tech Demo - YouTube



    CNN posted a terrific piece highlighting a site called Trailblazers of Light, which celebrates women in photojournalism. More than 500 photojournalists are featured on the site, from Frances Benjamin Johnston who began working as a freelance photographer in the 1890s to Linsey Addario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME magazine. It’s a fascinating resource.

    Home - Trailblazers of Light



    And finally, I don’t know a lot about musicology or music theory, but I know enough to be able to recognize what a musical monster Jacob Collier is. His latest video All I Need is an homage to 70s Stevie Wonder funktastic goodness. The melodies that he comes up with continuously amaze me. If you want more after watching the video for All I Need, check out the Tiny Desk Concert from last year.

    Jacob Collier: All I Need (with Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign) - YouTube

    Jacob Collier: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube



    Music in this episode: The Wrong Way (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 4.0



     

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    Process Driven 33: A Visceral Response [Lisa Pressman]

    Process Driven 33: A Visceral Response [Lisa Pressman]

    



    As much as I love working with acrylics in my paintings, because many of them are literally dozens of layers of pigment, collage, found objects, and thick layers of acrylic medium, it can take weeks to finish a single piece just waiting for layers to dry. A few years ago, I began looking into using encaustic, which offers the ability to create work with a similar aesthetic to my acrylic work in a fraction of the time. In doing the research, I came across the work of Lisa Pressman. Lisa is a fabulous artist from New Jersey who works in both encaustic and oils and has been exhibiting her work for nearly four decades. In addition to making her own work, she inspires others to start their own artistic journey through her workshops and one on one mentoring. Lisa and I have spoken a few times and I’m so grateful that we were finally able to hit the record button.



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    SHOW NOTES

    Connect with Lisa: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook



    Elizabeth Murray: https://elizabethmurrayart.org

    Ross Bleckner: https://rbleckner.com/

    Susan Rothberg: https://www.artsy.net/artist/susan-rothenberg

    Gregory Amenoff: http://www.gregoryamenoff.com

    Terry Winters: https://www.terrywinters.org

    Philip Guston: https://www.wikiart.org/en/philip-guston

    Joan Mitchell: https://www.wikiart.org/en/joan-mitchell

    Jake Berthot: http://www.bettycuninghamgallery.com/artists/estate-of-jake-berthot-1939-2014

    James Marshall: https://www.moca.org/exhibition/kerry-james-marshall-mastry

    Hans Hofmann: a href="https://www.hanshofmann.

    • 53 min
    In Between 18: Balance and the Dark Side

    In Between 18: Balance and the Dark Side

    Back in January, I came across a terrific piece of writing by author Paul Jarvis. One part of it in particular really spoke to some of the things I’ve wrestled with over the years — loving what you do, following your passion, and the costly obsession that often goes along with each of those things. I ended up subscribing to Paul’s newsletter and regardless of whether you’re a full-time creative, an enthusiastic amateur or someone in the middle just trying to live a more creative or interesting life, there are so many valuable insights and observations that it’s quickly become one of my favorite weekly reads. I shared the piece with Jon and while he wasn’t familiar with it, he had actually spoken to Paul before. Since Jon is just as big a fan of rabbit holes as I am, I thought it might be fun to unpack it a little.







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    LINKS

    Paul Jarvis - https://pjrvs.com

    CONNECT

    You can find Jon on Instagram @jonwilkening or on his website at jonwilkening.com



    If you have an interesting story to share, I’d love to hear from you. Email me at talkback@jefferysaddoris.com or connect with me on Instagram @jefferysaddoris.



    Music in this episode: Take Me Higher (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 4.0

    • 43 min
    Iteration 61: Hang On Tightly, Let Go Lightly

    Iteration 61: Hang On Tightly, Let Go Lightly

    Do you know the Serenity prayer? Even if you don’t know it by name, you’ve likely heard it. It goes:



    “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.”



    Originally written as part of a sermon in the 1930s by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, the Serenity prayer has been adopted by a number of twelve-step programs, most notably Alcoholics Anonymous. Regardless of whether or not you are religious or part of a twelve-step program, the core of the Serenity prayer - change and acceptance - are ideas that virtually everyone struggles with at one point or another. I know I do.







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    LINKS

    Regina Gimenez

    The Price of Everything

    Under the (Ray) Gun: Chris Ashworth



     



    Music in this episode: The Wrong Way (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 4.0

    • 7 min
    In Between 17: Art In Transit

    In Between 17: Art In Transit

    Several years ago when I wasn’t really sure what direction my life was taking, one of the ideas I kept coming back to was getting a Volkswagen Westfalia van and just driving around the country, allowing the universe to put interesting people and experiences in my path rather than trying to follow a specific plan. I hadn’t started podcasting yet, nor had I picked up my paint brushes again, so the “what I would be doing to actually support myself” aspect of it was pretty nebulous. Still, I loved the idea and for years it was a running joke between my friend Jude and me. Whenever one of us was dealing with some sort of personal or existential challenge, the other would respond with “well, you could always get a Westfalia van and just drive around.”



    For Dutch photographer Maarten Rots and his wife Anne, the dream of van life has become a reality. For 6 to 8 months a year, they trade their home in the Netherlands for a Ford Transit camper van and travel throughout Europe, often without a fixed destination. For Maarten, this way of traveling almost by instinct has proven to be the catalyst for some of his most compelling work both as an itinerant solo artist and as a collaborator with other artists he meets along the way.



    While I know the reality of it is not always as romantic as the way we see it from a distance, I can’t say I’m not just a little envious. In this conversation, I caught up with Maarten in Portugal where he was preparing a pop-up exhibit of his work, appropriately titled In Transit, at a local gallery.







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    CONNECT

    You can find Maarten on Instagram @maartenrots, or on his website at https://maartenrots.nl. Also, be sure to check out his magazine March & Rock.



    If you have an interesting story to share, I’d love to hear from you. Email me at talkback@jefferysaddoris.com or connect with me on Instagram @jefferysaddoris.



    Music in this episode: Take Me Higher (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 4.0

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Process Driven 32: Always Something New to Learn [Karl Taylor]

    Process Driven 32: Always Something New to Learn [Karl Taylor]

    "Light is almost like some sort of magical quantity that I get to work with — and I'm fascinated by it."

    This might be one of the most process-driven episodes of Process Driven yet. I’ve known Karl Taylor for more than a decade. I was introduced to his work by my friend Patrick in the form of a DVD of Karl‘s Photography Master Class. What struck me straight away was Karl‘s enthusiasm for photography – that and his encyclopedic knowledge of the medium. 12 years after its initial release, Karl has created a brand new remastered version of his original introduction to photography built on a decade of learning and refining what was already an incredible understanding of both the art and science of photography. In this conversation we talk about some of the things he’s learned over the past 10 years, including a deep dive into the biology of how we see and process images.







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    LINKS

    Tim Flach: https://timflach.com/

    CONNECT WITH KARL

    Website: https://karltaylor.com

    Platform: https://karltayloreducation.com

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/karltaylorphotography



     



    Music in this episode: Please Listen Carefully (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 4.0

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