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Episode Info: Thomas is a visual artist and photographer based out of Atlanta, Georgia who has developed a style that he calls "painterly photo montage" - a method he employs in editing software in which he crafts elaborately textured pieces that have a very organic, non-digital look to them.  Although his artwork resembles paintings, his pieces are entirely photographic in nature, fusing many images into a cohesive whole. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/thomasdoddreturns In this episode, Thomas discusses: -Why he started doing animated photos. -His recent year-long creative block and what caused it. -How he got out of his creative block by trying something completely new and unexpected. -The danger that many successful artists encounter in which they become a “one-trick pony.” -How to know when it is actually time to move on to something else as opposed to self-doubt. -The importance of choosing to fill your time with positive messages rather than getting involved in negative, time-consuming arguments on social media. -His decision to make the relationships between people the theme of his new work. -The inspiration that you can get by going back to your previous work and realizing what stones you haven’t unturned yet. -Some insights behind The Inquisitor. -The lessons that he has learned from working with people with disabilities. -The profound joy that comes when you can get into a flow state and how to put yourself in the best position to achieve it. -Addictive personalities and how that relates to a creative endeavor. -The idea of writing an addendum or an explanation to a piece. -Facebook and the differences between his personal page and his professional page. -The importance of bringing your fan base with you off of social media sites. -The power and deeper value that can be gained by artists when they begin to concentrate on concepts and philosophies. -How Joseph Campbell was a consultant to George Lucas for the original Star Wars trilogy. -Understanding critics, trolls, and people who just want to see the world burn.Read more »

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