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Letters
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 in The 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…

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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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0 The Secondary Easel

Dear Artist, I wanted to mention something which has proven to be one of my all time best creative devices. The concept applies to many fields of creativity, but I’ll describe it as it applies to painting. It’s called the…

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0 The Club

Dear Artist, A wide range of responses on the demo letter brings me to the place of art clubs in our communities. While painting and sketch clubs are popular in many places, they are mainly a North American institution. They…

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