Oil Pastel, 5x7"
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I have just completed reading Wolf Kahn's book Pastels and immediately turned around and started reading it again. I love his work, and I really appreciated getting insight into his views on the artistic process. I want to highly recommend this book to my artist friends, no matter what your medium.
Here are a few quotes I found deeply meaningful:
"The practice of art should have an effect not only on the public, but even more importantly on the artist himself, by enlarging his sphere of freedom." (p. 16, paragraph 2)
"The moment you know how to do certain things, you should by rights stop doing them. You would be ceasing to search and starting to perform." (p. 18, paragraph 1)
Points to ponder...
And, as we are in the midst of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge, how about this reminder from Wolf Kahn (also from Pastel, p. 25 paragraph 2):
"The artist must beware of trading places, even momentarily, with his public. He follows mental pathways in which audience-conscious esthetic judgments such as 'interest' have no place. The intimacy of his personal relationship to the work at hand has to remain inviolate."
Watchers, I think that is another way of saying "Paint Like Nobody's Watching." In his profound way, Wolf Kahn is telling us what to focus on while painting (the creation of the image) and what not to focus on while painting ("will it be good enough for my blog? good enough for Leslie's blog? good enough for DPW?").
Paint Like Nobody's Watching, friends....and as always, I do thank you for Watching!