Meditation – 31 August 2020

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion, respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

― Chief Tecumseh



Meditation – 03 August 2020

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


85.   Critics don’t matter. Who cares about Michelangelo’s critics?
86.   Structure your day so you have time for painting, reading, exercising and resting.
87.   Aim high, beyond your capacity.
88.   Try not to finish too fast.
89.   Take the theory of the “last inch” that holds as you approach the end of a painting, you must gather all your resources for the finish.
90.   Build your painting solidly, working from big planes to small.
91.   See the planes of light as shapes, the planes of shadows as shapes. Squint your eyes and find the big, fluent shapes.
92.   Notice how, in a portrait, Rembrandt reduces the modeling of clothes to the essentials, emphasizing the head and the hands.
93.   For all his artistic skill, what’s most important about Rembrandt is his deep compassion.
94.   To emphasize something means that the other parts of a picture must be muted.
95.   When painting outdoors, sit on your hands and look before starting.
96.   When composing a picture, do many thumbnails, rejecting the obvious ones.
97.   Study how Rembrandt creates flow of tone.
98.   If you teach, teach the individual. Find out when he or she is having trouble and help at that point.
99.   Painting is a practical art, using real materials — paints, brushes, canvas, and paper. Part of the practicality of it is earning a living in art.
100.  Finally, don’t be an art snob. Most painters I know teach, do illustrations, or work in an art-related field. Survival is the game.