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0 Soviet lessons

Dear Artist, Regardless of your political or philisophical position, there’s a surprising amount that can be learned from Russian social realism of the twentieth century. I’m talking about painters like Kustodiyev, Ioganson, Surikov, Plastov and Klychev — names that are…

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0 Great Expectations

Dear Artist, Last year I started reading about the explorations of Alexander Mackenzie of the North West Company. In 1789 this Scottish fur trader followed a great northern river to its mouth. He left Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabaska and…

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0 Painting Outdoors

Dear Artist, It’s been my experience that plein air requires a different mind-set than indoor work. Small inconveniences that do not occur in the studio can make or break the effort — a cool wind on the neck or a…

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0 The Secondary Easel

Dear Artist, I wanted to mention something which has proven to be one of my all time best creative devices. The concept applies to many fields of creativity, but I’ll describe it as it applies to painting. It’s called the…

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0 The Club

Dear Artist, A wide range of responses on the demo letter brings me to the place of art clubs in our communities. While painting and sketch clubs are popular in many places, they are mainly a North American institution. They…

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0 The Demo

Dear Artist, I don’t know exactly how I got started doing demos. A long time ago someone asked me to do one and, though I didn’t know what one was, I did it anyway. Some excellent artists make it a…

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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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