Coffee…with sugar, cream and a little “risk” please

coffe cup

A creative mind and soul is a wonderful thing.

The lead picture on this blog is obviously a coffee cup. It was recently posted on Facebook by a friend who has only taken up serious photography in the past few years. His work is both fascinating and cerebral.

 …and it got me thinking about art and risk takers.

Artists are risk takers with  an eye for  things around  and beyond them and ultimately find a certain something that most people just miss.

The artist gently tries to drag them into their vision… and ahh… once found…they clearly see that discovered beauty.

A coffee cup dragged me into Ken Carson’s world.

Risk takers come at you in every direction and two of the best examples would be Jimi Hendricks playing the National Anthem at Woodstock and Andy Warhol’s Campbell soup can . 

Jimi Hendrix – The Star Spangled Banner   YouTube

Nov 15, 2012 – Uploaded by wolfbob man

On this day in 1969, Jimi Hendrix played Woodstock. …..


Writers, singers, actors and artists lay it all out there for people to reject or accept. Some are financially rewarded but most are not even recognized.

But what makes them so special is that they are willing to take that risk.

I find fault with people that are afraid to make mistakes…for the art world is cluttered with mistakes  … with more work and time, those missteps eventually disappear.

I know a few risk takers and I would like to acknowledge some of them and thank them for what they do.   I can only hope that they continue to make mistakes.

Ken Carson risk taker and  photographer.  If you would like to see more of his work, I’ll get you in contact with him.

kencar2Don Hoaglund  risk taker and fine jewelry  maker at

pegasus Suzanne Fareri risk taker and artist.  If you would like to contact her, I’ll put you in touch.

suzanneJimm Sherington risk taker and Creative Genius at Self and Master Scrimshander, Visual Artist at I don’t need no stinkin’ employer!

jimCarol Veiga risk taker and fine artist.

gateTed Wyman risk taker singer, song writer and musician.

ted1I’m sure you have your own list of risk takers,like fine carpenters,landscapers, restorationists and designers.  The list is endless and the talent and creativity is, more often than not, hidden by layers of camouflage.

I respectfully ask you to support those on your list and consider those on mine.  Their work will persuasively drag you into a “Curiouser and curiouser” world.

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2 Responses to Coffee…with sugar, cream and a little “risk” please

  1. Carol says:

    Thank you. You are a risk taker too. Your driftwood art is incredible and your writings are inspiring.

  2. Ken says:

    Thank-you Dan. I agree that you are one on the “risk takers’. But…as you know we do not have much choice in the matter. We do because this is what we want to do,and the biggest risk we take is not creating.

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