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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 34

1. Thought

"It is surprising to me to see how many people separate the objective from the abstract. Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or a tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or a tree. It is line and colors put together so that they say something." -- Georgia O'Keeffe

2. Word for the week:

BEAUTY: I'm not going to try to include the whole multi-part definition here. here's one definition relating to the arts:

In the arts, symmetry of parts; harmony; justness of composition. - American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828

That quality or aggregate of qualities in a thing which gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit; physical, moral or spiritual lovliness. - Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary 1949

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

Try a painting or drawing where you aim to juxtapose opposites: rough and smooth textures, transparent and opaque passages, lights and darks, warm and cool colors -- yet maintaining a harmony or integrity. (This is a challenge)

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Last updated: December 13, 2004