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Letters
0 The stage

Dear Artist, In County Galway they have a saying: “If you can see the Aran Islands, it’s going to rain — if you can’t see the Aran Islands, it’s raining.” I’m actually on a vast landscape called the Burren –…

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0 Observation

Dear Artist, A radiologist looking at an x-ray of your chest cavity can see things in there that you can’t — and that makes her a professional. Observation: It’s not important to some of us, but it’s very important to…

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0 Under the cherry

Dear Artist, It’s one of those open-air workshops on a crisp spring day. The fields and wood-groves are studded with painters, right down to the water’s edge. Here and there, respecting each other’s space — men with big hats and…

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0 The Big Picture

Dear Artist, In life, in art, a major problem is failing to see the big picture. Individual parts may be just fine but the overall doesn’t get off the ground. Together with your individual sensitivity and your own vision, what…

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0 Random Reference

Dear Artist, A letter from Keith O’Connor in the last responses started the wheels grinding about the tyranny of reference material. I’m sure you’ve found that some days when you go to your reference you cannot be easily satisfied. Another…

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0 Wandering around

Dear Artist, In the last letter I mentioned a marathon type of studio activity that turns ordinary days into creative highs. Here’s yet another way: The science of management now has a system called “Managing by Wandering Around.” This is…

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0 Golden Day

Dear Artist, It’s called “The Order of the Golden Day,” and it’s a bit of fun that can change your life. You set aside a clear and uncluttered day to work and love your craft. Start early; end late. You…

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0 Vulnerability

Dear Artist, There’s a possibility that artists may be more vulnerable to the slings and arrows than most people. Even the egocentric and bubbly among us can be sensitive and touchy. Personal failings as well as monetary and relationship problems…

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0 An artist’s statement

Dear Artist, “My motif is the deconstruction of mutant rulers from the fragmented hierarchy within the unsafe vision of postmodern classicism.” This is an artist’s statement that accompanied a loose painting of a drooling dog-like figure exhibited in an art…

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0 Getting a Grant

Dear Artist, First of all I have to come clean and tell you that I have never applied for a grant nor have I ever sponsored anyone. I don’t believe in grants. I’ll tell you why. As pleasant as it…

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