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When McCahon declared, ‘I will need words,’ in a 1961 letter to poet John Caselberg, he was saying he needed them for something. He wanted his paintings to speak: to cut through, to communicate, to be clear in a new way about human fears and hopes and about how to love authentically. And he saw that painted words were a way to approach spiritual realities and urgencies that resisted conventional picturing.

Justin Paton, McCahon Country
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Signs and symbols to live by

Once the painter was making signs and symbols for people to live by: now he makes things to hang on walls at exhibitions.

Colin McCahon in McCahon Country by Justin Paton

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Mosaic of shapes

[A painting is] not a drawing; it’s a mosaic of shapes.

Michael Chamberlain on The Artful Painter
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Painting without understanding drawing

It’s futile to paint without having a solid understanding of drawing.

Daniel Sprick on The Plein Air Podcast

I’m glad quite a lot of my night class has focused on drawing. I’ve just set myself a reminder to draw something each day.

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The debris of life

What I like in artists is not perfection, but the debris of life.

William Robinson on Talking With Painters