Working hard at your craft is not the same as working toward growth. Working toward growth means taking big scary chances with your art and risking failure.
From the moment it's available, ideally, from the moment you begin, don't think of your art as your creation. Think of yourself as the caretaker. You simply helped the work along...
The best painters connect passionately with whatever is in front of them (or inside) and their art flows from that passion.
Your art is the biggest impediment to creating your art.
There’s always that little bit of visual bias living inside you and making mischief, usually at the most inconvenient time. It’s important to know it’s there, embrace it, and then learn the tricks to override it.
The less time spent dwelling on a work in progress the more emotionally detached you become and the internal and external critics lose their power.
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.
Dear fellow painters…”It looks like a photo”, are not my favorite words either.
Artists are a particularly worrisome bunch. We worry about everything,"Is my work good enough, will it be seen and appreciated, am I making any progress, will lesser talents get more recognition, can I ever measure up to the great masters?"
If you’re serious about showing your art then don’t wait until you feel your training is completely over. Start small and get into the game as soon as you can.
"Internal pressure to sell each piece can easily put the kibosh on experimentation..."
Too much reverence for art, past or present, creates a pictorial language and style that connects artists mostly to other artists. Or as I sometimes put it, we're sharing an inside joke and leaving everyone else out."
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
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?
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
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