Artist: Christopher Gallego, "PLatter, 2001, Oil on board, 12 x 15 in., Private Collection, Acton, MA

Artists: don’t ever do another painting.

The best painters connect passionately with whatever is in front of them (or inside) and their art flows from that passion.

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Christopher Gallego, Teapot, 1997, Oil on board, 9 x 12 in., Private Collection

“…Copernicus called, and you are not the center of the universe.”

The ego is like a semi-opaque screen that can interfere with a painter’s vision. By taking attention off oneself and the outcome, an artist can connect more deeply with his or her subject while eliminating most of the anxiety that comes with the setbacks.

A Note to a Student

The following is an e-mail that I sent to a student just after one of our private classes.  We had discussed whether to push a particular piece a little further and risk losing some of the freshness and spontaneity ... Nobody loves beautiful paint, brushwork, and an expressive touch more than I do. These are … Continue reading A Note to a Student

What Kind of Art Sells?

  Giorgio Morandi  Answer: "Great Art Sells" This from an art dealer that I met years ago.  And although her words can certainly be argued with, I've never forgotten them. While it's impossible to define great art, I think she meant that artists typically sell their strongest work and that subject matter is secondary.  Knowingly or … Continue reading What Kind of Art Sells?

on the spirit of play

  Pablo Picasso Most of the artists I know can get way too serious. Though I don't always practice what I preach, I'm always telling my students to lighten up, with the reminder,"People; It's just a painting!"...or something along those lines... "You're not on trial."  If that doesn't work  then I'll belt out a bit of … Continue reading on the spirit of play

painting perceptions interview

November 1, 2012 | download pdf  Larry Groff, Editor, Painting Perceptions I’d like to thank Christopher Gallego for taking the time to share his thoughts on painting in our recent email interview. Mr. Gallego studied at the National Academy of Design in New York and teaches workshops in New York area. He has shown with OK Harris … Continue reading painting perceptions interview