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Letters
0 Shoot the model

Dear Artist, Toulouse-Lautrec remarked, “A professional model is like a stuffed owl. These girls are alive.” He was referring to the women in the brothel. He had a point. A pose, while worthwhile for its own sake, is also static.…

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0 Unskilled art

Dear Artist, A friend asked me to help him with a painting. He had laboured over sketches depicting a saucer-like ship with a metal causeway disgorging green aliens on a petrified human population. It was the humans that were giving…

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0 Nude

Dear Artist, Struggling with a young woman while attending our Life Group the other morning I was considering the convention. I remembered that William Blake thought a naked woman to be the most brilliant work of God. Michelangelo found a…

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0 Reality Check

Dear Artist, It was evident from the response to my last letter — “The Golden Stations” — that many creative people do not have the freedom to follow their nose on an hourly basis — let alone monitor it. What’s…

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0 The Golden Stations

Dear Artist, My friend and fellow artist Joe Blodgett devised a system he calls “The 14 Golden Stations.” At the time he was concerned with procrastination and time wasting — conditions that attack some artists. It works this way: You…

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0 The competition

Dear Artist, In a room full of artists the name of Sorolla came into the conversation. The place brightened up and a knowing “yes” was passed around. You might say Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) is an artist’s artist. A Spaniard of…

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0 Love Affair

Dear Artist, When I was a kid I thought learning to paint would be a piece of cake. Now that I’m getting better at it I find the job to be more complex than I originally thought. What happened in…

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0 Portrait

Dear Artist, “Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend,” said John Singer Sargent. He may have been joking — his portraits combined a reasonable likeness with an elegance which often made sitters more aristocratic looking than they…

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0 Spirit of the Heart

Dear Artist, I’m floating over southern Alberta in a hot air balloon. It’s autumn; the stubble fields are a random quilt leaning away in all directions. Hedges and tree-rows measure the edges; slips of water and oxbow bends catch for…

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0 Efficiency

Dear Artist, A respected fellow artist once said to me, “What you’re doing is okay — just do it more efficiently.” It took me a while to rationalize his advice and figure out how to be more efficient. Now I…

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