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Darylynn Starr Rank

Author of

The Art of Becoming an Artist

  • 'Grasses'.
    This is where I go to play (some people call it writing...)
The Art of Becoming an Artist book cover

Being an artist can be the most enchanting life imaginable – and the most tormenting. Finding your way to your own creative universe is an extraordinary and infinitely surprising journey. Still, every artist falters at some point. Call it what you will: blocks, obstacles, hitting the wall, tossing your painting into the ocean, or shredding your manuscript – we have all stumbled, we have all shut down.

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A book about...

The extraordinary journey of getting to your creativity.

“The Art of Becoming An Artist”  is a non-fiction book about the extraordinary, surprising, and joyful journey of finding your way to your own creative universe.

Every artist I have ever known or heard about, has faltered at some point in pursuit of their art. Call it what you will. Blocks, obstacles, hitting the wall, tossing your painting in the ocean, shredding your manuscript; we have all stumbled at some point. We have all shut down. Failed to produce. Failed to create.

This is what I do...

  • 'Lavender Light'.
    My favorite color in the universe. In that universe, color creates creativity!

This is what I do...

I’m a writer.

I’m a therapist.

I am, or have been, referred to as a teacher, facilitator, instructor, professor, workshop leader, guide, guru, consultant, coach, group trainer — all for the purpose of pursuing the art of creativity.

As a writer, I write or have written newspaper columns, short stories, screenplays, poetry, diaries and journals, journals, journals, research articles, a book chapter, novels (not yet published), and most recently, and most profoundly at this moment in my life, a book about the process of getting to your creativity, “The Art of Becoming an Artist”.

This Is Who I Am...

  • 'Alpine Lakes'.
    Nature's art. First Nations' art. Photographic art.

This is who I am...

Darylynn Starr RankI was born in New York, then grew up in New York and Miami Beach, literally half and half. Nine years in New York, nine years on the Beach (though not sequential), until I went away to school at eighteen.

I was born, I learned to talk and, finally, I learned to write.

From that moment on it was pretty much decided what I wanted to do with my life.

I wanted to write. Which I did. For a very long time.

This is a little bit of what I think...

  • 'Starry Night'.
    In tribute to my primal muse and unceasing creative companion - Vincent van Gogh

This is a little bit of what I think…

The Basic Premise

My Course, The Book, My Life (really…)

When I started putting together the outline for my very first course, I decided to be as pretentious as possible.

No, not really. At the beginning I actually decided very little. It just sort of came. Baby step, by baby step.

But what I intentionally did do immediately, was to come up with the Three Principles of Art.

That is a bit pretentious, no? Ah, well.

Here is a brief introduction to…

Dari’s Three Principles Of Art

Principle #3 – PROCESS, PROCESS, PROCESS

Process, process, process is divided into two major categories:

  1. Work at finding the things that help you do your art.
  2. Work at finding the things that get in your way.
Corollary 1: Finding the things that help you do your art, and finding the things that interfere, are both everlasting processes.
 
Corollary 2: There is NO correct answer. There can be nothing prescriptive about the RIGHT way to do your art. By its very nature, creativity is about originality. Originality is an individual thing. It’s about your thing. YOUR WAY. It has to be.

This is a list of where, what, and when...

  • 'Flame'.
    My favorite part of this particular piece of creativity is that it has absolutely, positively, nothing to do with any form of fiery anything...

This is a list of where, what, and when...

But perhaps, most importantly, I have done this tremendously successful and unique program with every kind of student, from ages seven to eighty-five, from pretty much every profession, occupation, career, vocation, and ‘non-career’ I can think of, with an extraordinary array of nationalities, cultures, and heritages, who simply (or not so simply..) are yearning now, or have been yearning forever, to find the way to get to their art.

Any Art. All Art.

This is what some people think of it all...

  • 'The Atacama'.
    This is the desert that I visit first, IN ORDER to be able to go play in the grass. I mean 'write', of course! (Much more about this in the book.)

This Is What Some People Think Of It All…

NOTE FROM DARI: Many of these quotes, ranging from 2002 to the present, are comments made by students on anonymous course evaluations. Quotation marks separate out comments made by different individuals.