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8 Whistler’s dilemma

Dear Artist, Yesterday, Bob Whistler of Brainerd, Minnesota, wrote, “I’ve been a painter for nine years and I sign my work ‘Whistler.’ I put my full name and date on the back. James McNeill Whistler, a distant relation, signed his…

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9 The pros and cons of credentialism

Dear Artist, Unless you’re already a senior artist and very well established, if you want to pursue a career in the arts in 2022, a CV is a necessary detail. For an artist, it’s only important to include information relevant…

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10 How to write a CV

Dear Artist, I’m writing this letter in the full knowledge that I may be giving totally the wrong advice. While I was still in Cuba Sonja Strausz asked, “I am having trouble writing a CV. Is there perhaps a guideline…

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6 Head game

Dear Artist, When recently asked what studio task on tomorrow’s agenda she was most looking forward to, Bulgarian painter Oda Jaune replied that she preferred to think she had zero tasks, even while finishing preparations for a show. “When I…

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16 My angle

Dear Artist, “So what’s your angle?” a subscriber asks. I try to think what he means. Yesterday I protested in my return letter that I don’t have an angle. I’m just a guy who likes to paint. I guess I’m…

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6 Nose art

Dear Artist, At the Palm Springs Air Museum, you can catch a ride on a 1949 T-28 Trojan and get a hawk’s eye view of the Coachella Valley. The Trojan is a radial-engine military trainer and was also used as…

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16 Things to go and come

Dear Artist, I don’t think our daily newspapers are going to be with us much longer. Right now we get two of them. They’re delivered a few minutes apart in the early morning by two separate guys in gas guzzlers…

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15 The art of Joan

Dear Artist, When Joan Didion was little, she wanted to be an actress. One day when she was upset about something, her mother told her to write down her feelings. When she was 15, as a way of figuring out…

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18 Who you know

Dear Artist, Recent studies of more than 5,000 people by social scientists Dr. Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler show that happiness is contagious. The happy people you know are party to your own happiness. Moreover, the happy people you do…

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14 The tertiary easel

Dear Artist, Growing up, my Dad would tell us about the importance of the secondary easel. This is an easel in the corner of your studio, or a wall in your home, where you can catch nearly finished work out…

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