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Quotes

Struggling beginners

Veteran artists make art that seems so natural, so self-assured and mature that it’s hard for the rest of us to imagine that they too were once struggling beginners.

Ted Orland, The View From the Studio Door
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Art school

I haven’t drawn or painted anything in about three weeks now (I’ve been getting back into running and looking for a new job), but I’m starting art classes tomorrow night, so you should see something here from me soon!

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Quotes

Skip Whitcomb on composition

The first mark you put down on [your] canvas is the fifth one that’s there…. The first four marks are the edges of the canvas…. So, that first mark you put down had better have some relationship to those four edges.

Skip Whitcomb on The Artful Painter
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Books

McCahon Country

McCahon Country book

My wife bought this for me for our twenty-second wedding anniversary. It’s a beautiful book, and Justin Paton is a great art writer (I’ve read his How to Look at a Painting). More importantly, I increasingly value McCahon’s work—not all of it, but much of it. It resonates deeply with me as a Christian, and I’m drawn to his aesthetic and his earthy colour palette. I love his landscapes (the less-abstracted ones) and his word-based paintings. I’ll be enjoying this for some time to come.

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Art and faith

Makoto Fujimura talks about becoming a Christian