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A gem from Jill Carver

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.

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Christ in the gallery

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
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Keep the light alive

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
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Really look at it

The next time you look at art, really look at it. Spend time in front of it. How do you really respond? Not to the name and its reputation, or lack of it, but to the work itself.

Ian Roberts, Creative Authenticity
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Our current art is ravaged

The lack of standards in our modern life, or rather our current standards derived almost solely from economics, is ravaging the environment, ecologies, agriculture and urban design. So too our current art is ravaged, showing us disease instead of health, superficiality instead of transcendence and ugliness instead of beauty.

Ian Roberts, Creative Authenticity

This isn’t the full picture, of course, but it does resonate with me for a lot of contemporary art I see.