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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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0 Plagiarism

Dear Artist, We paint to learn and to give joy to our hands. We stand on one another’s shoulders. I think both amateurs and professionals ought to act like professionals. If you copy a camel from the National Geographic don’t…

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0 Keeping track

Dear Artist, Here’s a subject that many artists don’t want to hear about. I’m including it because it can be turned into a creative device. It’s about keeping track of your work. Even as a kid I liked to do…

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0 Trends

Dear Artist, When an artist has a reasonably large stable of dealers there’s the capability of picking up the scuttlebutt of what’s moving. Some creative people, serious artists and casual painters alike, stay actively tuned to these trends, hoping to…

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0 Sabotage

Dear Artist, I’ve always wondered if my bad work happens because I’m a lousy artist, or for some other reason. Is there something such as sabotage insidiously going on? Sometimes I’ve been able to finger this devil — at times…

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