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Letters
0 Small Wonders

Dear Artist, I’m constantly amazed at the marvelous diversity of the human imagination. Over the past few weeks there have been many letters from artists with different points of view. Some of these letters contain generously shared creative techniques, ideas…

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0 Odyssey

Dear Artist, It’s called the New Tokaido Road and it runs from Tokyo to Kyoto. In the cars of the bullet-train speedometers indicate 200 kph. Hamlets, shrines, pagodas, cherry blossoms flash by faster than the mind can reach and grasp.…

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0 Taking the Leap

Dear Artist, I frequently get letters like the following: “Hello Robert. I am a painter who has just graduated from college and am setting out on my own. I feel painting is serious business but do not know where I…

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0 Play The Game

Dear Artist, Here’s yet another creative device that’s fun to put into service and frequently produces surprising results: Think of your creativity as a game. Games generally have rules and restrictions, as well as an opponent. Games also offer the…

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0 Competence

Dear Artist, The feeling of competence is the first evidence of professionalism — that lovely space that comes when we can look at a job well done and can say that it fulfils or exceeds what was first envisioned. Professionalism…

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0 Blocked

Dear Artist, I’ve heard lots of reasons for being creatively blocked. An artist once told me he was blocked because he was unhappy at home. Within a few hours I heard from another who thought he was blocked because his…

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0 The wired artist

Dear Artist, Most artists need some sort of sanctuary — a mentally uncluttered environment where they can get in touch with their muse. From the number of letters I’ve received it seems there’s a new and dangerous threat to a…

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0 A New York Story

Dear Artist, At the Whitney on Wednesday there’s lots of films behind curtains in dark rooms. One loop is a guy getting himself tattooed, then getting graphically cut up and branded to a mumbling monologue voice over. “Hey, there’s a…

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0 A New York Opening

Dear Artist, It’s Monday night. My friend Jill, a Wall Streeter, (Columbia,’96) invites me to an opening in Manhattan. A friend of a friend of a friend. We hop the subway to a cool part of town. Jill says that…

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0 They said it was hopeless

Dear Artist, Robb Dunfield was an active nineteen-year-old sportsman, ski instructor, and all ’round good chap when he had his accident. He and three of his friends plunged from an insecure balcony of an unfinished building. Robb received irreversible injuries…