Browsing: Letters

0 Brush with Illusion

Dear Artist, The next time you have one of the instruments of your craft in your hand, take a minute to see exactly what it is, and try to rethink what it’s best cut out to do. Paint brushes are…

0 The Hawaii School

Dear Artist, Here in Lahaina I’m told that Wyland is the best environmental artist in the world. In the same gallery there’s the work of “America’s greatest living artist” — John Pitre. Down the street there’s Christian Riese Lassen’s work,…

0 Under the Banyan Tree

Dear Artist, In Lahaina, on the island of Maui, there’s a weekend outdoor art market around and under the world’s biggest banyan tree. I’m watching the entrepreneur-artists set up their spaces in the early morning. There’s a wide range of…


Dear Artist, One of the essential principles of creativity is MAD. It’s also known as OTD, but they amount to the same thing. MAD stands for “Make A Delivery,” OTD for “Out The Door.” These concepts resonate with the idea,…

0 The Art Patron

Dear Artist, A painter who spends a lifetime following his nose sooner or later meets with some of his collectors. While I don’t believe it’s necessary to encourage this sort of thing one often finds good friends among them. For…

0 Pencilling-in Projects

Dear Artist, You know about the concept of “pencilling-in” projects or appointments in your day-books or organizers. It’s a loose commitment to plan toward something before you formally ink it in and go for it. This method is an excellent…

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