Browsing: Letters

Letters
0 On the Move

Dear Artist, In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson walked 120 miles in central France with a donkey by the name of Modestine. He sketched, took photographs and wrote Travels With A Donkey in the Cevennes. My friend Robin and I…

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0 Keep It Quiet

Dear Artist, Here’s a valuable creative device. It takes a bit of practice and it requires character and maybe even a change in your natural personality. The next time you have an idea or a plan that fires your…

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0 Quiet collectorship

Dear Artist, A line in my last letter picked up a bit of notice. It read, “I’ve always preferred quiet collectorship rather than ballyhoo or peer acceptance.” How, they wanted to know, do you get that quiet collectorship happening?…

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0 The Great Contest

Dear Artist, A lot of friends ask about entering juried shows. I’m not a very good example in this department. I practically never enter any of them. Fear of rejection is probably the main reason, but I also don’t…

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0 An Exercise

Dear Artist, Here’s an exercise that you might try the next time you’re having a bout of creative constipation. I’ll relate it to painting but it works as well if you’re sculpting or writing a short story. It goes like…

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0 A Waking Angel

Dear Artist, The “artist’s statement” is a relatively recent convention. Many are filled with obscure illusions and pretentious prose — as if words might somehow add a glow of importance to the work at hand. But I never cease…

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0 The journey

Dear Artist, Sometimes it difficult to get down to basics. Holding onto the tools of our trade–brushes, chisels, colored pencils, whatever, goes a long way toward propelling ourselves along the path. But there’s another asset to keep uppermost in…

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0 Above and Beyond

Dear Artist, In high school I was always the last to be chosen for the team. I suffered through that excruciating wait while everybody else heard their name called and ran forward to make the teams. I was simply…

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0 Primed for Respect

Dear Artist, One of our joys is the respect that our work receives from the people who see fit to take it into their homes. Compared to many other products, even hand-made products, art is guarded, insured, honored, re-framed…

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0 Joy of Amateurism

Dear Artist, If you feel yourself at times an amateur — do not despair. Some of the great amateurs are the ones who show the way. Think of Cezanne fidgeting with more than fifty views of Mt. St Victoire –…