|Cloud Study 9x12" pastel on paper|
Hopefully you've put a pretty good dent in your summer reading list by now. If not you still have time. Between comic books and a box of old pulp fiction novels that was gifted to me by a friend, I've been going through Lorenzo Chavez's recommended books.
When I first came across this list I thought, there's no way! I'll be spending all of my painting time reading and I can't give up my painting time. Well, that's not the case, there's plenty of time to read, I just don't have plenty of time to watch TV and the fact that I'm not on Facebook seems to leave me plenty of free time. (try it, you might like it) I had considered giving a review on the books but that would take up too much painting time. Instead I'll give you some snippets of what I found interesting or helpful, or perhaps both.
From "Hawthorne on Painting",
- Don't try to be an artist all at once, be very much of a student.
- Be always searching, never settle to do something you've done before.
- Always be looking for the unexpected in nature. You can never have formulas for anything.
- Don't learn how to do things, keep on inquiring how.
- You must keep an attitude of continuous study and so develop yourself.
- Discover beauty where others have not found it.
and my favourite
- One of the greatest things in the world is to train ourselves to see beauty in the commonplace.