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0 Alpine meadows

Dear Artist, Distant sheep are moving down a green hillside like a spill of cream. The light between the shifting clouds travels over the patchwork quilt in counterpoint to the sheep. A few minutes ago an aged Irishman, his face…

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0 Houses

Dear Artist, Among the responses to the last letter about the elements of landscape, there’s a note from Joe Zloty: “How important is it to have a house in your painting? Thomas Kinkade always has a house in there somewhere.”…

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0 Land of Heart’s Desire

Dear Artist, Right now I’m looking toward Omey — a small island viewed from an unimportant place called Claddagduff on the Connemara shore. In the foreground, designer rocks step down toward the weedy tide. Beyond, in patchwork fields, whitewashed houses…

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0 Authority

Dear Artist, In Knockin’s Pub in Galway Town I met up with Brigit Ward. I bought her a pint and then another. She’s a mother times ten, a grandmother times seventy-eight, a great grandmother times thirty-seven, and a great great…

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0 Heather Island

Dear Artist, It’s a small island — eleven acres — centered in Tully Lake, Connemara, County Galway. The writer Oliver Gogarty lived here from 1923 till 1939. Gogarty rowed his dory on the lake and trawled without a hook in…

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0 On Coole Lake

Dear Artist, Her name is indeed Colleen, her friend is Emmet; a horse of a dog not much given to saying anything, which is unusual for the Irish, but he is at least fluent in drool. Colleen and I are…

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0 The stage

Dear Artist, In County Galway they have a saying: “If you can see the Aran Islands, it’s going to rain — if you can’t see the Aran Islands, it’s raining.” I’m actually on a vast landscape called the Burren –…

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0 Observation

Dear Artist, A radiologist looking at an x-ray of your chest cavity can see things in there that you can’t — and that makes her a professional. Observation: It’s not important to some of us, but it’s very important to…

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0 Under the cherry

Dear Artist, It’s one of those open-air workshops on a crisp spring day. The fields and wood-groves are studded with painters, right down to the water’s edge. Here and there, respecting each other’s space — men with big hats and…

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0 The Big Picture

Dear Artist, In life, in art, a major problem is failing to see the big picture. Individual parts may be just fine but the overall doesn’t get off the ground. Together with your individual sensitivity and your own vision, what…

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