learn their art, perfect its craft, proclaim a message, promote their persona, then teach all of the above to everyone who will learn.All that they should do in roughly that order of precedence. Of course, believing that, and actually achieving it are two different things. Moreover some artists have strengths in some of those areas and not in others. That's certainly the case in my case. Fortunately, while there is, of necessity, a sequence, there's also a degree of simultaneity as the artist grows older and begins to fulfill some of those ideals. Learning art and seeking continuous technical improvement are virtually impossible to separate. Likewise, proclaiming a message and promoting oneself as the messenger go hand in hand. And finally, everyone who teaches also learns in doing so. Thus it becomes an unbroken circle.
|The Charles Willson Peale Family, 1771-73, Charles Willson Peale|
|Howard Pyle, and students, Frank Schoonover and Stanley Arthurs|
Copyright, Jim LaneFrank Lloyd Wright, the 20th-century's greatest architect.
|Words for every artist.|
|Almost too many photographers to mention.|
|The Thinker from the Gates of Hell, 1917, Auguste Rodin|