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0 Discipline

Dear Artist, Benjamin Franklin said, “Keep your shop and your shop will keep you.” So it is with us artists-when we step into our studios we are open for the business of our imaginations. Here’s three ideas about staying open:…

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0 Invention

Dear Artist, A creative device that keeps us off the streets is our innate tendency to invent. The mind wanders to the possibilities of what might happen when we try something different. Like Edison or Burbank it’s based on curiosity…

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0 Serious artist

Dear Artist, In the jargon of the critic or art historian “serious artist” is often equated with “important.” I’ve always taken it to mean something else — someone who takes his or her work seriously. If you accept this latter…

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0 Plagiarism

Dear Artist, We paint to learn and to give joy to our hands. We stand on one another’s shoulders. I think both amateurs and professionals ought to act like professionals. If you copy a camel from the National Geographic don’t…

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0 Keeping track

Dear Artist, Here’s a subject that many artists don’t want to hear about. I’m including it because it can be turned into a creative device. It’s about keeping track of your work. Even as a kid I liked to do…

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0 Trends

Dear Artist, When an artist has a reasonably large stable of dealers there’s the capability of picking up the scuttlebutt of what’s moving. Some creative people, serious artists and casual painters alike, stay actively tuned to these trends, hoping to…

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0 Sabotage

Dear Artist, I’ve always wondered if my bad work happens because I’m a lousy artist, or for some other reason. Is there something such as sabotage insidiously going on? Sometimes I’ve been able to finger this devil — at times…

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0 Higher Education

Dear Artist, I’m frequently asked whether it’s best to go back to school or back to work. I’ve been on the board of directors of a prominent art college, and I’ve also been an advocate of do-it-yourself for life –…

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0 Artists’ names

Dear Artist, There’s an interesting paragraph inThe Legacy of Mark Rothko, by Lee Seldes: “Rothko had nowhere to go. If he had been able to complicate his image rather than simplify it to the extreme, his art could have soared…

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0 Grounds for quality

Dear Artist, “What sort of ground should I paint on?” While there are a few common and safe answers, there’s a wide variety of opinion on the subject. I’ll confine my remarks here to the preparations for oil or acrylic.…

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