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Hawthorne on Painting

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Look around and select a subject that you can see painted. That will paint itself. Do the obvious thing before you do the superhuman thing.
It may have been accidental, but you knew enough to let this alone. The good painter is always making use of accidents.
Never try to repeat a success.
Swing a bigger brush — you don’t know what fun you are missing.
For 31 years, Charles Ha
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 1st 1960 by Dover Publications
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Ariel Desouza
Nov 04, 2015 Ariel Desouza rated it it was ok
Honestly, not good. I really wanted to like it because of a few one liners that would move any painter, but otherwise the whole book was really repetitive. "Get the spots of color, the spots of color, dont draw, spots of color, spots of color, just get the spots of color right" over and over again until I just had to put it down. Could not bear another variation of just get the spots of color one more time. That one notion takes up about 70% of the book, another 20% is him getting to that point, ...more
Vishal B
Sep 28, 2014 Vishal B rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended for any 1 looking for a great book to read on painting process or technique. It deals with the approach and skill both in a very fundamental and unique way.
Kate
Jan 30, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
Lovely, not as dated as you would imagine. He restates fundamental principles of seeing and recording.
Stephen
Mar 02, 2011 Stephen rated it it was amazing
A great collection of things to ponder for an artist at any age. Are you intrigued by the subject, have you shown this? Though I have not been a fan of his work (by ignorance to his work only, I assure you), I am a fan of his words and gusto. Passion, poetry and preaching is painting.
Ingrid
Mar 18, 2010 Ingrid rated it really liked it
This book offers good advice on how to approach painting in a very philosophical way. Practical advice mixed in with C. Hawthorne's brilliant descriptions of how to open oneself to seeing and looking more attentively.
Catherine Beringer
Mar 09, 2013 Catherine Beringer rated it it was amazing
Full of the things I try to remember when I'm painting. Love this art book.
Kim
Oct 14, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Each time I read this one, I pull more and more from it.
Eric
Jun 12, 2009 Eric rated it it was amazing
Great book for students of painting.
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