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The Way To Happiness The philosophy of these lessons: Look, Learn, Practice

Chapter 17 of "The Way To Happiness" deals with Competence. I've found that too many limit their own progress as an artist with the concept that they "haven't got the talent." 90% of being a good professional artist is about looking for yourself, learning (including good study habits), and practicing what you have learned to become Competent. If you are interested in a free copy of "The Way to Happiness", please email me for one.

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Lesson 19

1. Thought

"You'll find artists down in Greenwich Village--they've got canvases around that are two-inches thick with paint, because they're trying to paint the perfect picture. And they're trying so hard to paint the perfect picture that they never paint a picture!"
L. Ron Hubbard, from Lecture of 12 June 1961 from the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course.

Have you known someone like that? Have you been guilty of that? Art has two aspects: the process and the product. Even without the product, the process of art is rewarding. The product gives you a different satisfaction. It puts something out into the world that you can share. Set a goal to "finish" something.

2. Words:

Did you know: today's Ultramarine Blue, a strong rich pigment, replaces the original ultramarine, which came from the semiprecious stone lapis lazuli!

3. Practice: "Learning bears fruit when it is applied."

People talk about having difficulty rendering depth in a painting. There are many clues that we use in life to see things as nearer or farther. Do this. Look around you during the week. Find at least three ways that you see something as nearer or farther than something else. Make a drawing illustrating each (can be B&W or color, whichever will serve). Bring your examples in to class.
( Note: I have documented some of the ways we see depth in an article which is on my web site at www.blehert.com. Find the essay on "The Third Dimension."

Example of simple perspective

Example of overlap

Example of postion on the picture plane

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Last updated: October 8, 2005