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Letters
0 Working out

Dear Artist, Most of us haven’t had the conditions that Tiger Woods grew up with. Our parents may have encouraged us from time to time, even helped with lessons or coaches, but it’s rare to find the twenty-four hours of…

Letters
0 Uniqueness

Dear Artist, Something I’ve learned from the sending and receiving of letters is the defiant individuality and uniqueness of creative people. Beginners and seasoned professionals — each and every one of us are sovereign units. Intuitively, we tend to guard…

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0 Pressures

Dear Artist, My dad, who is now 91 and still painting, used to be in the investment business. He gave me some good advice: “Pay yourself first.” What he meant was to set aside the first part of your income…

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0 Contradiction

Dear Artist, At my easel this morning I realized that the way I’m working right now contradicts the way I was doing it a couple of weeks ago. Even in the literature it seems that eminent instructors and much-published writers…

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0 Life Lessons

Dear Artist, Leonardo da Vinci claimed only that he wished to work miracles. Behind that lofty goal there were a few principles. They are as valuable today as they were in 1500. Here they are as I understand them: Curiositia:…

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1 Books

Dear Artist, At the dawn of computers they gave them acronyms like HAL and ENIAC. Here’s an acronym you might consider — BOOK. It stands for Bound Orderly Organized Knowledge. They’re handy — and the current state of their art…

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0 Multi-tasking

Dear Artist, A friend is building a sailboat in his studio. It’s a big one — the bowsprit protrudes ten feet into his yard. He’s been at it for thirty years — as long as I’ve known him. He’s also…

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0 Discipline

Dear Artist, Benjamin Franklin said, “Keep your shop and your shop will keep you.” So it is with us artists-when we step into our studios we are open for the business of our imaginations. Here’s three ideas about staying open:…

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0 Invention

Dear Artist, A creative device that keeps us off the streets is our innate tendency to invent. The mind wanders to the possibilities of what might happen when we try something different. Like Edison or Burbank it’s based on curiosity…

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0 Serious artist

Dear Artist, In the jargon of the critic or art historian “serious artist” is often equated with “important.” I’ve always taken it to mean something else — someone who takes his or her work seriously. If you accept this latter…

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