Living up to Expectations—My Own. :P

Art and Fear

What separates artists from ex-artists is that those who challenge their fears, continue; those who don’t, quit. Each step in the artmaking process puts that issue to the test.”
― David Bayles, Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

Besides my grant project, I have been finding all sorts of things to do and work on. Somewhere I read, start with the small, easy things. I like that idea.  

Fear of messing it up and fearing something does not up to my own expectations or how it will be judged, I think, confronts all artists.I read this book, Art and Fear, a long time ago. Milton Glaser, an artist I love, told me that is bullshit. Not so many words… but I got the idea so did my students.

Posting is one of my distractions, and so is creating this image. 

An image created by Bill Hendricks a photo of mine that I had fun creating.
Greeting Card — October 14, 2023 (My Distraction),          Hendricks©2023



Photographers may Disagree with Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Drawing Quotes to Speak to the Artist in You)

Frame—Drawing in Process.
Frame, Drawing in Progress, Hendricks©2023

Yesterday was my seventieth birthday, and I am beginning my third year of retirement, I have one bold request.

As a gift to me, could you subscribe to this blog?

ArtChangesLives(Dot)Com is owned by me and started in grad school almost two decades ago. Subscribing to my blog will help the blog’s rank on Google and other search engines. I hope it will become a place for people to share their thoughts while creating artwork … Meaning any of the arts.
I don’t know if I intend to show or sell my work commercially, but I am heading that way.
Thank you to the artists who agreed to let me link their sites to this site. Most of these individuals are friends.
Art has a vital power to promote understanding of one’s self and the world and provides a path for an artist to self-realize and connect with the known unknown.
It is a big ask, but could you subscribe to this site? I’d appreciate it.
BTW, my 70th birthday was fabulous, hearing from friends and family and spending it with family.

Looking at a blank canvas.

I’m starting a new drawing that seems to resemble currency.

A drawing begins
0718 – 2023-dollarbill, Hendricks©2023
Looking at a Blank Canvas

Lately, thank goodness, that is not a problem at the moment. I am working between two, probably multiple. This one promises to be fun. Trust me, I have had those moments. What to do?
Do something else if you are stuck. Yes, it distracts you and lets your brain refresh. The new else might help the old else find a solution.
One of our students at MCTC(Minneapolis College) was in a class my mentor and friend, Felix Ampah, taught. I was told the student sat in front of a canvas, and Felix went over and asked if something was wrong. The student blurted out, “I don’t want to ruin it.”
Felix Ahpah asked to have her brush. He took it and made a swash on the canvas, probably not big. Gave his wonderful smile that beamed and said, “Now it is ruined.” Then smiled, and they laughed, and he moved on.“


Been a Minute, August 11, 2023

Man in the Window, ink, drawing by Bill Hendricks, 2023
Man in the Window, Hendricks©2023

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

~ “If” – Rudyard Kipling

I can tell you 101 things that have kept me away from this blog, but with the help of people and, most recently, the Mighty Mo helped with a few more adjustments, I will begin to post more frequently. 

I have been organizing the images I can post for the last few days. I have been drawing, exploring various tactile media, and focusing on 3D software for the past two years. I am at the point where I can start showing my work. So my last push is to get the blog up and running again.

Bear with me; you will see more of my work and other posts soon.

Bill : )

Recent Work, 02-19-2016

Bill Hendricks’s current work, artist, images are the most recent work of digitally enhanced images. These could be referred to as either photo impressionistic work or expressionist. 

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” ― A.A. Milne (

Icy Morning
An Icy Morning
2016-11-06-08.32.17-3, Hendricks©2023
Seeing the World Upside
Reflections in a Puddle
1487816077936, Hendricks©2023
A Long Path
A Long Path
1488509135435, Hendricks©2023
Burst of Color
Burst of Color
1493774602911, Hendricks@2023
1518911295777, Hendricks©2023
Burst of Color 2
Burst of Color 2
1533488579737, Hendricks©2023
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
1540315042423, Hendricks©2023
Sunday in the Park with BillHendricks
1540315579381, Hendrick©2022
Enlightened, Hendricks©2023
Wrinkles in Nature
Wrinkles in Nature
IMG_3916, Hendricks©2023