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Penelope Przekop October 26, 2011

Art, Fire, and a Hurricane: John K. Lawson

"The creative cave is the looniest, loneliest place in the world. Ultimately it’s the scariest and safest place as well."

I grew up in a special type of loony, lonely cave. A place where contradiction was king. Creativity enabled me to envision another world, a future where all the confusing fragments of my life might perfectly align. Was I a hungry kid on the streets, in the gutter, or scraping...

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Penelope Przekop January 27, 2011

Beautiful Alien: Emily Lisker

"I always knew I was a Martian of sorts."

About ten years ago, my brother, my mother, and I had a conversation about high school.  My brother commented about how everyone around him seemed to be from another planet--not his.  Then my mother went on to describe similar perceptions.

I sat, quietly, choosing not to offer up my own story. Doing so seemed as if it would somehow belittle my own memories....

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Penelope Przekop November 22, 2010

The Mind of an Artist: Karin Perez

" ... almost every single "normal" person has a hard time understanding the way my mind works."

Lately a few folks have asked me to describe how my mind works.  To address the question, I focused on things such as how I can zoom from detail to big picture and back to detail, or how I can manage to do a variety of different things at once while heads spin around me.

I didn't go into detail about how...

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Penelope Przekop November 12, 2010

Climbing the Mountain: Justin Bua


"I wanted this my whole life, but when I got it I realized there is so much more."

Yesterday I mentioned to a friend that I just keep doing what I feel driven to do, assuming that someday it will all make sense. What-could-she-possibly-know Miley Cyrus tells us it's the climb that counts most. We're all scaling some sort of mountain, at times desperately clinging to sharp stinging rocks. Living in...

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Penelope Przekop October 01, 2010

Hell's Best Illustrator: Allen Koszowski

"In general, horror artists are not promoting evil; in their world, good triumphs."

Creative folks often use art to express what we cannot otherwise fully articulate. As everyone knows, among other things, art is an outlet. 

Although this outlet concept isn't rocket science--it is. Entire books and college courses have been created around the study of why specific writers, musicians, visual...

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Penelope Przekop September 24, 2010

Coaster Rider: Dario Posada

"This journey has been like a roller coaster."

During the last week, I completed the draft of my latest novel, DUST.  I also finished a new painting.  Amazing authors Marya Hornbacher and Darin Straussrecommended me for a Guggenheim in fiction. My agent gave me some encouraging news, and I had lunch with a VP/Associate Publisher of an A-list publishing company. On the same day, I got a call about a...

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Penelope Przekop August 18, 2010

Deal With It: Randy Thurman

"There is only one way I have found to deal with it - WORK!" 

This morning I woke up wondering why the hell I keep writing this blog. While the traffic is good, it needs to be better. While I seem to have a lot of regular readers, they don't often leave comments.

I guess I do it mostly for myself. In the past, I've written about how blogs seem a bit self centered. Maybe that's my issue. 

My guest...

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Penelope Przekop June 15, 2010

An Artist's Courage: Sheila Wolk


"An Artist's life takes courage--it’s looking for the light while living in the dark."

Rejection sucks no matter how many times it happens. Failure sucks! Everyone gets a good kick in the teeth at some point, but life seems to go freakishly smooth for some people.

On the flip side, I suppose I'd rather be the one failing than the one who's not trying. Sitting around the house afraid to try...

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Penelope Przekop May 11, 2010

Beingness, Memories, and Relevance: Mari Yamagiwa

"People get the impression that my art is fanciful but my paintings are not fiction."

For quite a few years, I choose to ignore my past. Like many people, I wanted to forget. As a young adult during my struggling sprint forward, I wrote a lot about the experiences and emotions I aimed to leave behind.

You might lift your brows and say, "That doesn't sound like trying to forget."

It seems the...

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