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0 Fresh at all costs

Dear Artist, It’s the last days of the John Singer Sargent show at the Seattle Art Museum and the place is standing room only. Patrons jostle for a look while clutching audio-guides to their ears. There’s lots to talk about.…

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0 Right brain, Left brain

Dear Artist, In the astrology column my perverse habit is to randomly pick a sign other than my own and see how it suits me. I’ve also been a little leery of the right-brain, left-brain fad. I used to think…

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0 Tool time

Dear Artist, Those of us who paint outdoors will know that we sometimes attract spectators. Generally they hang out for a while, then, unless spoken to, move on. They seem to have respect for the sanctity, perhaps the mystery of…

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0 Easel

Dear Artist, Easels are our main tools and a source of personal pride. A requirement is a steady unit that you can push against. The capability to tilt and crank are also handy. There are 22 current designs listed in…

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0 A Wing and a Prayer

Dear Artist, Yesterday we noticed 25 new subscribers who all had the same zip code. Richard Thompson went to the U.S. Postal Service website and determined that they were all from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. That’s where the University of Wisconsin…

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2 Reworking

Dear Artist, It’s often been said that writing is re-writing. Why then cannot painting be repainting? Because, for some silly reason — like a concert pianist’s reason, we have a need to get it right. When you think about it…

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0 Triumph of the Will

Dear Artist, From time to time I’ve noticed that it’s possible to will a work to be better than average. While normally dependent on the serendipitous flow of the muse — there are occasions when intensity and direction are an…

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0 Quality gnomes

Dear Artist, Last night I was invited to a private reception in the Special Collections department at our local Public Library. Here, among the dozen or so ancient manuscripts and precious rare books that were put out for us –…

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0 The Empire of Art

Dear Artist, Unlike the Roman, the British, or any other Empires under the sun, the Empire of Art rises from grass roots just about everywhere. While its citizens speak a variety of tongues, they are understood pretty well universally. If…

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0 The Price of Things

Dear Artist, There’s some odd dynamics in the pricing of created works. It’s useful for an artist to understand some of what’s going on. Art doesn’t necessarily follow the standards of supply and demand. You may have noticed that outrageous…

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