Tuesday, December 02, 2008

"We paint best when we lean on our nervous system." -Francis Bacon

So many of our painting problems are really problems of sight. The great writer, lecturer and professor of comparative mythology, Joseph Campbell advised, "Look, look long, and the world comes in." This applies to the making of art. The art historian Ernst Gombrich made the idea into a poem:

Seeing depends on your knowledge
And knowledge, of course, on your college,
But when you are erudite and wise
What matters is to use your eyes.

Robert Genn

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