The story of a humble fabric marked with miraculous presence is one with understandable allure for painters, whose entire studio lives are devoted to trying to imbue pieces of canvas with flickers of life and truth.Justin Paton, McCahon Country
The idea of there being ‘competition’ in art is to my mind an alien concept, I have experienced nothing but help and cooperation amongst artists that I come into contact with…. We are not competitors we are community and it is from that standpoint that we support each other and collectively improve.Nicholas Elliott
Check out the painting that goes with Nicholas’s post. He’s been doing a series of cup still lifes, and I particularly like this one. It takes on a whole new meaning with the name Community.
Generally speaking [for a strong painting], you really only need three or four values. Sometimes you need five, depending on the environment. But that is enough. And then… you let hue do the rest of the work.Jill Carver on The Plein Air Podcast
Not that this sounds easy to pull off!
She also recommended doing notans, which I’m sure would help a lot with the first part of this equation. I think I’m going to buy some brush pens and do some of those.
Why, as Christians, should we be content to see Christ only where we expect to see him? Perhaps we should follow the lead of the Gospels themselves and look for him where we least expect him to be, even in the contemporary art world.Daniel A. Siedell, God in the Gallery
If the dream to be an artist is in you too and you feel haven’t reached it yet – even perhaps that you never will – I want to encourage you to keep that light alive within you. Nurture it however you can, whenever you can, even when it feels hopeless.Paul Foxton in his post “Lambent Rose, the limitations of paint, and the endless search”