I packed my paint-stained chapeau yesterday in Rigby, Idaho for my green accountant’s visor here in New York to fit the part for my speaking engagement. This instant switch from artist to marketer/banker will provide a nice rest before the pressures of Telluride Plein Air kick in Thursday. What, banking, no pressure? Sure, but different.

I had some great discussions today with the “rock stars” of Web 2.0 + Finance. While Jason Knight (co-founder of Wesabe) looks more like “The Rock” than rock star Keith Richards and Colin Henderson of The Bankwatch, Michael Stipe, we got plenty of Satisfaction dreaming about the future. The web is exciting, once again! Hell, if Web 2.0 implodes like 1.0, I can always fill my days with canvas coloring until Web 3.0…or Web 2.1, or whatever.

Realizing I wasn’t far from the Art Student’s League of New York, I decided to work off dinner’s proliferoles and see one of the most historically important institutions in American Art. The halls where Robert Henri taught and wrote “The Art Spirit” (the greatest book about art ever written) were empty and closed, but hopefully tomorrow I can sneak out of work and browse the classrooms.

Leaving inspired, on my walk back to my hotel, a man asked for a quarter for a slice of pizza, and for half a second I thought that New York City wasn’t nearly as expensive as I remembered. Inspiration can cloud reality, if only for a few blocks in The Big Apple.



“Art cannot be separated from life. It is the expression of the greatest need of which life is capable, and we value art not because of the skilled product, but because of its revelation of a life’s experience.”

Robert Henri

“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”

Mick Jagger

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