I keep saying read the Art Spirit by Robert Henri… It’s one of those books that I feel I can always relate to in some way or another , here is a short section of the page I opened up to today . ….
“The technique learned without purpose is a formula which when used ,
knocks the life out of any ideas to which it is applied.”
“The technique of painting is very difficult , very interesting.
There is no end to study of technique .
Yet more important that the lifelong study of technique is the life long self education.
In fact , technique can only be used properly by those who have definite purpose in what they do,
and it is only they who invent technique.
Otherwise it is the work of parrots.
You can do anything you want to do .
What is rare is this actual wanting to do a specific thing:
wanting it so much that you are practically blind to all other things ,
that nothing else will satisfy you.
When you, body and soul, wish to make a certain expression and cannot be distracted from this one desire ,
then you will be able to make a great use of whatever technical knowledge you have.
You will have clairvoyance, you will see the use of technique you already have,
and you will invent more……”
“There is reason for you to give this statement some of your best thought.
You may find that this is just what is the matter with most of the people in the world;
That few are really wanting what they think they want,
and that most people go through their lives without doing one whole thing they really want to do.
An A***** has got to get aquainted with himself just as much as he can.
It is no easy job,
for it is not a present-day habit of humanity.
This is what I call self-development, self-education.
No matter how fine a school you are in ,
you have to educate yourself.
There is nothing more entertaining than to have a frank talk with yourself.
Few do it- frankly.
Education yourself is getting acquainted with yourself.
Find out what you really like if you can.
Find out what is important to you .
Then sing your song.
You will have something to sing about and your while heart will be in the singing.
When a man is full up with what he is talking about he handels such language as he has with a mastery unusual to him,
and it is at such times that he learns language”
“DONT follow the critics too much. A** appreciation , like Love, cannot be done by proxy:
it is a very personal affair and is necessary to each individual.”