Having Thick Skin Always Helps

thinking monkey

I’m not sure if this post is going anywhere, but I was just thinking about how many extra layers of skin I have had to grow over the years to be able to deal with life. As an artist you have to be able to deal with criticism or you should never let anyone see your work, ever. As a business owner you have to be able to deal with rude customers. As a blogger publishing opinions online you have to deal with those who don’t like your opinions. As a person you have to deal with LIFE. Continue Reading

Adult Coloring Book by Ryan Hunter

colouring book for grown ups

I know this has recently gone viral as half of the people on my facebook friends list have probably shared it over the past few days, but for the 3 of you out there who haven’t seen the Coloring Book for Grown Ups, here it is. It’s an adult activity book with a variety of challenges and tasks to complete which could either make you laugh or cry, depending how your life has turned out. It is currently the best selling comedy book on Amazon.Continue Reading

I am Not an Anarchist – Rant

banksy throwing flowers

Since starting up Art News Blog again I have been called an anarchist, irreverent, a misogynist, an ass, various obscenities, and probably a few other names that I just cant recall right now. I used to keep a folder of hate email that I received from all kinds of colorful people but I ended up deleting it as I thought the energy of keeping the emails was attracting more of it.. or it was encouraging me to write more offensive things so I could continue to add to my collection lol. But to be honest, I don’t know where all the hostility comes from! I could be kidding myself, but I thought I was a reasonably nice guy.. admittedly with a low tolerance for bullshit, but generally kind and considerate. Continue Reading

Autistic Art – Bee’s Knees

autistic artists

It’s places like Bee’s Knees that make me think art is so freaking great.. the art and the people wash away all my misanthropic thoughts for the day. I’ll watch the news or see a politician later and all the old thoughts will come flooding back of course, but for now, I love people and art. Bee’s Knees is a small group of turned on people working with autistic artists to create original ‘masterpieces’ to sell online and at various markets and galleries. All the profits then go towards art supplies and some ‘totally rad adventures’ for the artists.Continue Reading

Neuroesthetics & Artists as Brain Scientists

This year I finally relented and bought myself an iPod. It’s easily the best gadget I have ever bought and I really don’t know how I lived without one for 33 years! I love it because I can take my whole music collection anywhere, it shuts off the outside world while working in the studio, and when I’m at the PC I am always listening to podcasts and lectures.Continue Reading