Monthly Archives: November 2013

It’s the Struggle That Fuels Your Art

I found this link in a tweet by Russell Brand, earlier in the week: http://truegoodbeautiful.com/uncategorized/the-catastrophe-of-success-by-tennessee-williams/ It’s an essay by Tennessee Williams about the catastrophe of success.  What he discovered, after years of obscurity, was that success made it nearly impossible … Continue reading

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What if Your Best Work is Met With Rejection?

What if the best thing you can produce meets only with rejection or indifference?  That feels bad.  It’s in some ways the worst feeling of all.  You tried your hardest and they didn’t like it. On the other hand, it’s … Continue reading

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Because You Still Can

How many artists can you think of that were cut down in their prime, or rendered incapable of creating their art, prematurely?  I bet it’s a lot.  There are legions of examples.  Sudden illness, injury, misadventure or even death can … Continue reading

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The Truth Might Spoil Your Day

If you are the sort of artist that makes truth telling a part of your raison d’être, you’ll be regularly presenting your audience with uncomfortable, unavoidable facts.  The truth is like that.  It’s often unpalatable.  It has the horrible property … Continue reading

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What Do We Tell the Children?

I stumbled upon a curious phrase the other day: “Lotus Eaters”.  It’s a reference to people that fail to escape their daydreaming and who never turn their dreams into reality, if I can be permitted to paraphrase.  The etymology is … Continue reading

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Bringing Backgrounds to the Fore

There is a very important aspect, in painting and drawing, that is often overlooked and neglected.  Go into any art class and you are bound to see students toiling away at their foreground subject matter, but paying scant attention to … Continue reading

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Life Savers

Painting is a messy, dirty business.  Accidents and spills happen.  Even if they don’t, there are some corners you can find yourself in, as a painter, which you can only get yourself out of, if you have had the wisdom … Continue reading

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