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Letters
0 Where to start

Dear Artist, Michelangelo started his Last Judgement in the upper left hand corner and, over a period of four years, worked his way down through about 250 nudes. Every figure was started with a “comp” — a paper drawing pounced…

Letters
0 Fidget

Dear Artist, In the late twenties a young American artist and Cezanne enthusiast by the name of Erle Loran moved into Cezanne’s studio. For two years Erle wandered the countryside around Aix-en-Provence and photographed the scenes that the deceased artist…

Letters
0 Aerial perspective

Dear Artist, One summer we rented a home in Pont-Aven. This Brittany village is where Gauguin painted off and on between 1886 and 1890. The pension in which he held forth with Emile Bernard and Paul Serusier is now a…

Letters
0 Bounty

Dear Artist, Spain is a country that gives lessons in the organization of form. I’m thinking of whitewashed villages with soft cubist motifs; light, shade, color surprise and varied textures of tile, masonry and stone. These magic places seem to…

Letters
0 Tradition

Dear Artist, South of Arles on a small canal there’s a famous bridge. Moved from its former site, it’s almost as Vincent Van Gogh would have seen it in 1888. Today it’s off a secondary road and fairly difficult to…

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0 Impedimenta

Dear Artist, Music pervades the studio, the headset-phone rings from time to time, the brush proceeds. Here in the solitude of the easel-station there’s time to consider. I’m looking at hold-ups. Did you ever stop to realize how drawing holds…

Letters
0 Process

Dear Artist, Imagine, if you will, an artists’ encounter group. Imagine they are sharing, in one sentence each and with impunity, their current processes. It might sound like this: I look in nature until I see something that appeals to…

Letters
0 Poverty

Dear Artist, “A true artist must expect to be out of step with his times and live a life of public disdain and poverty.” A commendable thought, I suppose, and almost a usable quotation, written by a respected name in…

Letters
0 Creativity Methods

Dear Artist, In looking at quotes you have to ask two questions: “Is it true?” and “Is it true for me?” You have to be careful in this quotation game. Take, for example, this quote of Claude Monet from a…

Letters
0 Quotations

Dear Artist, Stephen Vizinczey’s seventh commandment is “Thou shalt not let a day pass without rereading something great.” I’m kind of converted. For a while I kept Bartlett’s at my elbow as I painted, flipping randomly while paint was drying,…

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