Day: June 20, 2020

MENTAL NOTE #48, FOR ARTISTS – WORK FAST BUT DON’T BE CARELESS, DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE FEATURES OF THE LARGER FORMS

Behind the Lens

MENTAL NOTE #48: ROBERT HENRI SAID, WORK FAST BUT DON’T SIMPLY WORK FAST TO GET DONE UNTIL ALL THAT CAN BE SAID WITH THE LARGER FORMS — the LARGER GESTURES, HAS BEEN SAID.

“Plainly you are to develop as a seer, as an appreciator as well as a craftsmen.  You are to give the craftsman in you a motive, else he cannot develop. 

All that I have said argues the predominant value of gesture.  Gesture expresses through form and color the states of life.

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There is no virtue in delaying.  But do not pass from the work on mass to features until all that can be said with the larger forms has been said — no matter how long it may take, no matter if accomplishment of the picture may be delayed from one to many days.  Hold to this principle that the greatest drawing, the greatest expression, the…

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