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Letters
0 Encounter with artists

Dear Artist, I just returned from attending a meeting of artists at an Alliance for Art and Culture office made available by an artist representation group. Twenty or so networkers sat around an extended table, guided by a facilitator. The…

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0 Triple-think

Dear Artist, After a one-person show a kind of post-partum psychosis sets in, which generally lasts for a day or so, then, for some reason, there’s a need to go back to work. Looking for the secret at the easel,…

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0 Character formation

Dear Artist, I’m writing this letter from the location of the old railway station at Lake O’Hara in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. This is where John Singer Sargent, the subject of my last letter, got off the train in 1916. Your…

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0 Fresh at all costs

Dear Artist, It’s the last days of the John Singer Sargent show at the Seattle Art Museum and the place is standing room only. Patrons jostle for a look while clutching audio-guides to their ears. There’s lots to talk about.…

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0 Right brain, Left brain

Dear Artist, In the astrology column my perverse habit is to randomly pick a sign other than my own and see how it suits me. I’ve also been a little leery of the right-brain, left-brain fad. I used to think…

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0 Tool time

Dear Artist, Those of us who paint outdoors will know that we sometimes attract spectators. Generally they hang out for a while, then, unless spoken to, move on. They seem to have respect for the sanctity, perhaps the mystery of…

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0 Easel

Dear Artist, Easels are our main tools and a source of personal pride. A requirement is a steady unit that you can push against. The capability to tilt and crank are also handy. There are 22 current designs listed in…

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0 A Wing and a Prayer

Dear Artist, Yesterday we noticed 25 new subscribers who all had the same zip code. Richard Thompson went to the U.S. Postal Service website and determined that they were all from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. That’s where the University of Wisconsin…

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2 Reworking

Dear Artist, It’s often been said that writing is re-writing. Why then cannot painting be repainting? Because, for some silly reason — like a concert pianist’s reason, we have a need to get it right. When you think about it…

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0 Triumph of the Will

Dear Artist, From time to time I’ve noticed that it’s possible to will a work to be better than average. While normally dependent on the serendipitous flow of the muse — there are occasions when intensity and direction are an…

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