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0 My Little Spirit

Dear Artist, Near Chiang Mai there’s an important temple known as Doi Suthep. It’s reached from a mountain highway and a funicular which rises several hundred meters to the level of the temple. Here, near the top of a golden…

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0 Learning curve

Dear Artist, “What are you doing?” a voice asks from behind me in clear, almost musical English. Turning around I find a saffron-robed monk. He is a round little man with a round, shaven head, flatter than it is deep…

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0 Some fruit

Dear Artist, On the giant coffee table in the hotel room there’s a bowl containing fruits that might not be familiar: Rambutan, Mangosteen, Durian, Custard-apple, Pomelo, Lichee. From my window on the 37th floor Bangkok is all atmosphere. In the…

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0 Lucky bunch

Dear Artist, A few months ago a director of the Calgary Symphony Orchestra phoned and asked if I would contribute a painting as the “central piece” in a fundraiser. I don’t live anywhere near the city of Calgary. Even though…

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0 Artnet

Dear Artist, Artnet is an online art gallery representing 16000 artists and 1300 galleries. It’s neatly organized, easy to use and offers valuable side-benefits as well. I’m told it’s the preeminent artist’s portal currently on the net. A remarkable number…

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0 Authenticity

Dear Artist, Joris Dik of the University of Amsterdam has trained some sophisticated instruments on Naples Yellow. From the 16th to the 20th century the chemical makeup of this lead/antimony pigment has been changed and refined dozens of times –…

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0 Professional jealousy

Dear Artist, There are all kinds of envy — including the kind that Freud thought he detected. The kind I’m talking about is called professional jealousy. Some artists have it bad. Salieri had it for Mozart. Who wouldn’t? It’s supposed…

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0 Symbols

Dear Artist, I guess there’s about a billion paintings of sky, mountains, trees and water. Beneath these basic and universal elements lie symbols that may empower our work. For example, the sky may represent infinity, eternity, immortality, transcendence or inspiration.…

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0 Attention Deficit Disorder

Dear Artist, I always knew I had a screw loose. Since I was a kid I often didn’t stick to some of the jobs I was given. Even then I was disorganized, forgetful, suspicious of authority, easily bored. I often…

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0 Good-bye

Dear Artist, The painter’s workshop is over. In the cool gray light of dawn our thirty new friends say good-bye and get on the bus that will take them to the airport and to their homes. For some it will…

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