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"The true artist is always the student" Edgar Payne
Did you ever take an art book and just open it up to a random page? And read just that page? I do this when I am bored or seeking some inspiration. Sometimes it is helpful. Sometimes it is totally unrelated to anything I am working on. But it always gives me food for thought.
So I thought it would be fun if I report on one of these random readings and make it a regular feature on the blog. You just never know when you come across a pearl of art wisdom that you are ready to hear!
So today I chose to open up my copy of Edgar Payne's Composition of Outdoor Painting. Many readers wrote to me yesterday saying how much they love the book and many wish they could find it or afford to buy it. So I will share some random tidbits with you.
"The study of art is something that cannot be once completed and then set aside. Knowledge is never complete. Research and meditation are always the source of new ideas. Aside from this, everyone, regardless of his degree of proficiency, needs occasionally to review and take stock lest he become stale, methodical or rests in smug complacency" Edgar Payne
I find it interesting that I turned to this page. I took out this book in fact to help me review and take stock! Of interest to all artist especially beginning artists, he goes on to say that practice is of equal importance to study or what he calls the mental approach. We have to learn the essentials as well as practice. He says that knowledge always precedes execution. I will leave you with this quote as food for thought:
"No one can paint better than he knows how" edgar payne