The Blog of John P. Lasater IV

Art, News, Inspiration and Problem-Solving

How is Art Like Surfing?

Have you ever witnessed a popular surfing spot? It makes a great object lesson. Surfers paddle two or three hundred yards out against the tide to get to the perfect spot. While some are struggling to swim, others have caught the big wave. Some are ducking out of the...

Artist or Not

[This was originally publish on the blog of my friend Lori Putnam, a beautiful artist] Have you decided you are an “Artist”? For this, I salute you. It’s a big step. Your decision took courage. You had to come to a place of believing in your merit and individuality....

How do I “make it” as an artist?

"How do you make it as an artist?" is a question I hear often. It's a story I love to tell, and it's a story that continues to unfold. Six years ago I was sitting at a desk, discouraged because there was very little excitement in my life. Any previous high points in...

Following The Calling

Do you ever sense that your artistic ability is a calling? If “yes”, then there must be a caller. Who or what is calling you? Is it the encouragement you received from people in your life? Is it a sense of responsibility? Is it a feeling from a higher power? A...