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0 Balancing act

Dear Artist, “Neither an ogre nor a patsy be.” I don’t know who said it but in my books that quote just happens to be valuable. It’s not necessary to be unduly tough, nor to be weak. Furthermore, some of…

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0 Dry periods

Dear Artist, Harlan Simantal wrote to say, “Lately I’ve wiped off about eight out of ten paintings I’ve started, and I’m wondering what’s going on. I’ve had periods where four out of five turn out well, and I’ve painted a…

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0 Part-time artist

Dear Artist, Tania Bourne wrote to ask if it’s possible to hold down a day job and build her career in art at the same time. The question keeps turning up. Here’s my take on it: There seems to be…

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0 Time travel

Dear Artist, Zo Evamy wrote to ask, “How should I structure my time in order to build momentum and keep it going?” Her complete letter is in today’s clickback. She has in mind concentrating for the summer. The fact that…

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0 You’re Special

Dear Artist, I’m wandering in a magic farm called “Serendipity,” a place of fragrant gardens, hencoops, sheepfolds, shady arbors, scarecrows and a hee-hawing donkey. There’s fifty painters scattered in nooks and crannies and I’m looking over shoulders. As I see…

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0 Panache

Dear Artist, I’m watching my friend Don Getz standing at his French easel producing a half-sheet watercolor on Yupo. Leaning forward, his spare hand tucked behind his back, he’s a maestro conducting a small orchestra — his brush flicking like…

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0 Contrarian

Dear Artist, Do you remember “Mary, Mary, quite contrary?” This children’s nursery rhyme represents an archetype of human behavior. A contrarian is a person who bets on the opposite of the conventional wisdom. We really ought to be doing one…

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0 Finding Spirit

Dear Artist, Early in my career I came to know an artist by the name of Lawren Harris. On one of our walks together he told me that he thought paintings came out of themselves. He explained that the painting…

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0 Secrets of success

Dear Artist, In “Fahy’s Pub and Undertakers” in Dingle Town, with a background of smoke and mirrors and Bob Dylan recordings, I’m lifting a Guinness with Seamus O’Mahoney. He’s a retired art teacher, now a “water-dabbler,” who has bicycled out…

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0 Simplicity

Dear Artist, From my journal: “Socked in for three days. Most of the time can’t even see the Blasket Islands. Trying to coax BTU’s out of peat-stove. Can’t heat these Irish cottages — you sit in the fire. The walls…

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