Mailing list sample

April 3, 2023

I’m trying a new format for my mailing list and thought I’d post one of the mailings here, for those considering signing up. Click here to sign up for my mailing list.

I’m trying a new thing here. I like a good mailing list and sometimes I worry that my mailing list has… not been that exciting. I want more great artist mailing lists and I thought I’d try to make the sort of mailing list that I would love to find.

I often try a lot of things and fail at them. I give up on stuff, I procrastinate, I get demotivated because they flop. There’s a lot of reasons and excuses, but the point is: it happens. I obviously don’t want that to happen with this, but it might. So I’m not going to promise that you’ll get one of these every week from now on, but there’s always a chance that you will. I guess we’ll see.

So here’s a quote I like, an image I find inspiring, a book or article I’m reading, a thought I’m having, a product/tool that I’m using, and a brief overview of what I’m doing/making/releasing.


“The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.” – Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Michael James Talbot

Reading: The Psychology of Money

Probably the best book on money that I’ve read in a long time. Very accessible, entertaining, short (a surprisingly good quality in a book), and enlightening. The mailing list for The Collaborative Fund is also worth subscribing to.

Thinking: Always pursuing, sometimes attaining

We spend about 99.99999% of our time pursuing various goals (financial, career, relationship, physical, etc.) and a vanishing few moments attaining those goals. That moment where you finish your book and send it to the printer. That second where a painting goes from in-progress to “finished.” That moment you realize you’ve hit your target weight, your target lift, your target time.

And usually it’s a bit underwhelming.

Sure, celebrate it. Make a thing of it. Kick back and have a drink. Tell your friends.

But so much of the joy is in the pursuit. The countless hours pursuing a goal are, in fact, where the real joy is.

It’s cliche to say that “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” We all cringe when we read that, because we’ve seen it so many times (probably even printed onto pillows a few times). Those doesn’t mean there isn’t a truth in there, though. We might know it intellectually, and we almost certainly do. But we carry on feeling otherwise, and thus don’t benefit from the truth.

Essentially: enjoy the work.

Using: KAI Kershaw nail clippers

I know, strong start for this section. But they stole both of my nail clippers at airport security in Egypt (the clippers I’ve been flying with for about the last 8 years or so) and I needed some new ones. They were just regular nail clippers so I took this opportunity to explore the internet’s weird world of Best Nail Clippers (in the list of Things You Never Thought You’d Google).

They’re a cool design and they seem to work great, if you want some probably-over-engineered nail clippers.


Oil painting! I’ve done a fair few figure paintings in oils now, so I wanted to get back into landscapes. I just uploaded a new process video of my latest one.

I found out that my first book, Paint Figures Better, is finally on a boat and headed my way. I’m ridiculously excited and intimidated. It’s supposed to be about 1400kg and 4 cubic meters worth of books, which is probably around the same size and weight as my car.

If you missed the Kickstarter campaign last year, you can now grab a digital copy of the book (with optional demo videos) or pre-order a hardcover copy.