Category Archives: Ideas and Techniques

Inspirations and Techniques for Creative Expression

Historical Terror: Horror that Happened—Relating to Psyches Long Dead

This post is based on a presentation about writing historical fiction I did for the WordCrafters in Eugene writers’ conference under the title “Relating to Psyches Long Dead: Developing Characters in Historical Fiction” Here are some questions concerning setting that … Continue reading

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Historical Terror—Horror that Happened

What Were They Thinking? How could the people of Jonestown drink the cyanide laced Kool-Aid? How could Jim Jones ask them to do it? How did Marine Sergeant Herbert J. Thomas, Jr. decide to fall on a grenade during fighting … Continue reading

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Controlled Accident Painting

Exploration, Exhumation and a Sense of Wonder (an excerpt from The Paint in My Blood, Fine Art and Illustration by Alan M. Clark) I discover while producing it a portion of nearly everything I paint.  I pack the process of … Continue reading

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One of My Students

I have been teaching acrylic painting for the last year at the Emerald Art Center. I taught two sessions of Controlled Accident painting. Controlled Accidents is my term for spontaneous image generating techniques that I use. They involve pushing the … Continue reading

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Collaborating with Jill Bauman

In 2005 I flew to New York to work and stay with Jill Bauman at her studio for 5 days. During that time, we completed three paintings and started a fourth. The first painting was one we had begun when … Continue reading

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