Sunday, October 30, 2016

Have Some Sage With That Hamm

Autumn Day 5x7 oil on wood panel plein air study
More wise words, this time from Jack Hamm. 
"Long before a child learns to write, he makes marks which in his uninhibited imagination represent a person.  No one has convinced him that he has no artistic ability, nor has he convinced himself, so he continues his unaffected effort to draw.  Because he persists, oftentimes to the undoing of household furniture, walls--and parents his drawings begin to show a decided measure of improvement. Then one day interest wanes, due to acquired restraints, and only a few after that regularly take up the drawing pencil.  The others borrow the oft-repeated phrase, "Oh, I can't draw a straight line!" The plain truth is that, since we are not machines, no one can."

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