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0 On a Spanish Path

Dear Artist, There’s a hilly path through chestnut plantations and bosky woods for six kilometers between Galaroza and Fuenteheredos. I don’t expect anyone to know where that is — nor does it matter. This time of year the trees are…

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0 Creative Invention

Dear Artist, Spaniards are particularly hostile to photography in Public Art Galleries. This is unfortunate because some of the more interesting Murillos aren’t in the books. I love details of the paintings I love. That’s how I came to invent…

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0 Charity Art Auctions

Dear Artist, One of the joys of being an artist is to be able to give some of our best efforts back to the community that has supported and encouraged us. It’s an honor and a privilege that our works…

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0 Artist’s mind

Dear Artist, My friend Joe Blodgett says, “There’s two ways to walk this path — one for the path and one for the spirit.” It’s a cathedral of Douglas fir and alder, blown twigs from the night’s storm, a carpet…

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0 Shoot the model

Dear Artist, Toulouse-Lautrec remarked, “A professional model is like a stuffed owl. These girls are alive.” He was referring to the women in the brothel. He had a point. A pose, while worthwhile for its own sake, is also static.…

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0 Unskilled art

Dear Artist, A friend asked me to help him with a painting. He had laboured over sketches depicting a saucer-like ship with a metal causeway disgorging green aliens on a petrified human population. It was the humans that were giving…

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0 Nude

Dear Artist, Struggling with a young woman while attending our Life Group the other morning I was considering the convention. I remembered that William Blake thought a naked woman to be the most brilliant work of God. Michelangelo found a…

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0 Reality Check

Dear Artist, It was evident from the response to my last letter — “The Golden Stations” — that many creative people do not have the freedom to follow their nose on an hourly basis — let alone monitor it. What’s…

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0 The Golden Stations

Dear Artist, My friend and fellow artist Joe Blodgett devised a system he calls “The 14 Golden Stations.” At the time he was concerned with procrastination and time wasting — conditions that attack some artists. It works this way: You…

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0 The competition

Dear Artist, In a room full of artists the name of Sorolla came into the conversation. The place brightened up and a knowing “yes” was passed around. You might say Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) is an artist’s artist. A Spaniard of…

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