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Creative Obstructions 1.19

July 16th, 2009 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios

Take a found text and add five words for every existing word. Select a melody and quadruple the notes. Combine three photos into one. Wildly embellish a pencil. Improvise a two character scene with no silences, either physical or verbal. Find an iconic painting and fill in all the negative space. Cook a laughably lavish meal. Bookmark […]

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Creative Obstructions 1.18

July 5th, 2009 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios

In first grade, I remember working on my handwriting.  The pencils were fat and bulky, only slightly thinner than drumsticks.  The paper was thin and gray, with solid blue and dotted red lines to aid young hands in tracing both upper and lowercase block letters.  And those erasers?  They seemed to do more smudging than […]

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Creative Obstructions 1.17

June 17th, 2009 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios

Improvise a monologue for 60 seconds and record the process. Fill one page of staff paper in 60 seconds. Lecture on a topic you know well for 60 seconds using a blackboard/whiteboard. Write continuously for 60 seconds without stopping. Videotape a busy intersection for 60 seconds. Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on Facebookshare via RedditShare […]

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Creative Obstructions 1.16

June 9th, 2009 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios

Write a song using only 3 notes. Draw a picture with only 3 lines. Write a play with only 3 words. Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on Facebookshare via RedditShare with StumblersTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this post

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Creative Obstruction 1.15

May 21st, 2009 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios

I hate shopping.  Just ask my wife.  But I inexplicably love flea markets.  Just love ’em.  So, last weekend, Colette & I perused the treasures at Antiques Garage (on 25th St between 6th & 7th Ave).  Next time you’re in Manhattan on a weekend, check it out. Inspired by the miscellany for sale there, I […]

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Creative Obstructions 1.14

May 11th, 2009 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios

Make tangible music. Write a comic book where your hero can change states of matter at will. On stage is a waterfall. Sculpt air. Craft liquid jewelry. Create a way to  transmit scents over distances. Freeze ice bowl luminaries. Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on Facebookshare via RedditShare with StumblersTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on […]

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Creative Obstructions 1.13 (Swine Flu)

May 6th, 2009 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios

I admit I’ve been a bit paranoid about the swine flu (or should I say H1N1 flu). Last week I had a bit of a sore throat and a low fever, and wondered if maybe it was the first signs of getting sick, and immediately felt irresponsible for being out in public. (I’m happy to […]

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Creative Obstructions 1.12

April 21st, 2009 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios

Improvise with the rhythm of the failing rain. (If the rain is not falling, turn a faucet on to drip.) Stage a thunderstorm. Water color. Write about being locked out during a downpour. Sculpt a spring shower. The sprinkler system goes off in middle of your painting session. Design a watering can. Bookmark on DeliciousDigg […]

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Creative Obstructions 1.11 (Zombies)

April 13th, 2009 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios

I’m intrigued by the recent rise of interest in zombies. Time Magazine calls them “the official monster of the recession.” As with most things related to pop culture, I come to zombies by a circuitous path, having learned of them through the book, The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist’s Astonishing Journey into the […]

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Creative Obstructions 1.10 (Ahoy-Hoy)

April 7th, 2009 · Comments · Bliss Street Studios

Anyone who knows me knows that I prefer email to phone.  However, my travels over the past week have distanced me from the glories of the interweb, so recently I’ve been using the phone more frequently.  And, as my phone is just one step above a tin-can model, I’ve had to rely less on technology […]

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