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32 The swan-song phenomenon

Dear Artist, I remember after visiting Giverny for the first time in my 20s, reporting back to my Dad that Claude Monet had painted his most innovative paintings in the last stages of life. “Your best work is ahead of…

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17 Laziness

Dear Artist, Many of the problems that plague artists can be traced back to common old garden-variety laziness. I’m an authority on the subject. Early identified as chronic, this malaise has plagued me for a lifetime (my grade three report…

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25 Specificity

Dear Artist, Choose a format, medium and subject, and like Claude Monet and his haystacks, get to work at refining your style, technical agility and expression by way of this one, specific route. For Monet, what gave his one-track investigation…

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23 Painting lost; reward offered

Dear Artist, On a small beach between towering rocks around the corner from Cabo San Lucas in Baja, Mexico, I set up, shaded and alone except for an occasional beach walker and the skimming pelicans. A 20″ x 24″ proceeded,…

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11 How to have a show

Dear Artist, Francesjoy Bradbury wrote, “I am searching for an affordable venue for showing and dispersing my art. I’m wondering how one does that  — I mostly gift my work.” Completing the art cycle almost always involves some kind of…

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16 Talk to me

Dear Artist, Yesterday, Edward Vincent of Sydney, Australia wrote, “You often mention ‘contemplating’ a work in progress. I’ve found discussing a painting issue ‘out loud’ in private to be productive. Thoughts alone seem to be much easier to muddle up…

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20 Newstalgia

Dear Artist, In this new world, I, like you perhaps, have spent the last few weeks revisiting old baking tins, ornaments, addresses, recipes, music, film, imagery, stories and memories. At the moment, many of us are doing it without our…

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9 A social phenomenon

Dear Artist, Last night Betty Piderman of Kitsilano, B.C., Canada wrote, “I was wondering about the Monday Night Art Club you mentioned recently. Can anybody join? Is it membership only? Is there a fee? Where is it held? I would…

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18 Psychic rules

Dear Artist, When virtually unknown painter Agnes Pelton turned 50, she moved from an abandoned windmill on Long Island, New York to Cathedral City, California. To support herself, she painted competent desert landscapes of smoke trees and the local San…

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13 Creativity and love

Dear Artist, This morning, Rita E. Acuna of Philadelphia, PA, wrote, “I think I would have preferred not to be gifted with creativity. I had found a true soulmate. He was a pilot, a man of high intellect, who wrote…

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