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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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0 Higher Education

Dear Artist, I’m frequently asked whether it’s best to go back to school or back to work. I’ve been on the board of directors of a prominent art college, and I’ve also been an advocate of do-it-yourself for life –…

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0 Artists’ names

Dear Artist, There’s an interesting paragraph inThe Legacy of Mark Rothko, by Lee Seldes: “Rothko had nowhere to go. If he had been able to complicate his image rather than simplify it to the extreme, his art could have soared…

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0 Grounds for quality

Dear Artist, “What sort of ground should I paint on?” While there are a few common and safe answers, there’s a wide variety of opinion on the subject. I’ll confine my remarks here to the preparations for oil or acrylic.…

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0 Soviet lessons

Dear Artist, Regardless of your political or philisophical position, there’s a surprising amount that can be learned from Russian social realism of the twentieth century. I’m talking about painters like Kustodiyev, Ioganson, Surikov, Plastov and Klychev — names that are…

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0 Great Expectations

Dear Artist, Last year I started reading about the explorations of Alexander Mackenzie of the North West Company. In 1789 this Scottish fur trader followed a great northern river to its mouth. He left Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabaska and…

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0 Painting Outdoors

Dear Artist, It’s been my experience that plein air requires a different mind-set than indoor work. Small inconveniences that do not occur in the studio can make or break the effort — a cool wind on the neck or a…

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