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Letters
0 The Great Contest

Dear Artist, A lot of friends ask about entering juried shows. I’m not a very good example in this department. I practically never enter any of them. Fear of rejection is probably the main reason, but I also don’t care…

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0 An Exercise

Dear Artist, Here’s an exercise that you might try the next time you’re having a bout of creative constipation. I’ll relate it to painting but it works as well if you’re sculpting or writing a short story. It goes like…

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0 A Waking Angel

Dear Artist, The “artist’s statement” is a relatively recent convention. Many are filled with obscure illusions and pretentious prose — as if words might somehow add a glow of importance to the work at hand. But I never cease to…

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0 The journey

Dear Artist, Sometimes it difficult to get down to basics. Holding onto the tools of our trade — brushes, chisels, colored pencils, whatever, goes a long way toward propelling ourselves along the path. But there’s another asset to keep uppermost…

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0 Above and Beyond

Dear Artist, In high school I was always the last to be chosen for the team. I suffered through that excruciating wait while everybody else heard their name called and ran forward to make the teams. I was simply poor…

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0 Primed for Respect

Dear Artist, One of our joys is the respect that our work receives from the people who see fit to take it into their homes. Compared to many other products, even hand-made products, art is guarded, insured, honored, re-framed and…

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0 Joy of Amateurism

Dear Artist, If you feel yourself at times an amateur — do not despair. Some of the great amateurs are the ones who show the way. Think of Cezanne fidgeting with more than fifty views of Mt. St Victoire — never…

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0 The Intuitive Flow

Dear Artist, The Canadian painter Emily Carr (1871-1945) thought an artist’s growth was beyond explanation. She thought it was best to be silent on the subject. “One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows,” she…

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0 Notes On Colour

Dear Artist, Richard Nelson is a color-guru who lives and works on the slopes of Haleakala on the island of Maui. The life-long work of Josef Albers is never very far from his thoughts. Albers (1888-1976) painted and taught at…

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0 Full speed ahead

Dear Artist, The Lahaina scene makes a little more sense when you realize it’s a microcosm of the world of art itself. There’s intense competition; the good, bad and indifferent side by side, hucksterism, jealousy, plagiarism. The real question is…

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