Meditation – 13 July 2020

Irwin Greenberg – The Painter’s Primer… 2/5


20.   Don’t be envious of anyone who is more talented than you. Be the best you can be.
21.   Prizes are nice, but the real competition is with yesterday’s performance.
22.   Give yourself room to fail and fight like hell to achieve.
23.   Go to sleep thinking about what you’re going to do first thing tomorrow.
24.   Analyze the work of great painters. Study how they emphasize and subordinate.
25.   Find out the fewest material things you need to live.
26.   Remember: Michelangelo was once a helpless baby. Great works are the result of heroic struggle.
27.   There are no worthwhile tricks in art; find the answer.
28.   Throw yourself into each painting heart and soul.
29.   Commit yourself to a life in art.
30.   No struggle, no progress.
31.   Do rather than don’t.
32.   Don’t say “I haven’t the time.” You have as much time everyday as the great masters.
33.   Read. Be conversant with the great ideas.
34.   No matter what you do for a living, nurture your art.
35.   Ask. Be hungry to learn.
36.   You are always the student in a one-person art school. You are also the teacher of that class.
37.   Find the artists who are on your wavelength and constantly increase that list.
38.   Take pride in your work.
39.   Take pride in yourself.
40.   No one is a better authority on your feeling than you are.
41.   When painting, always keep in mind what your picture is about.
42.   Be organized.



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