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Hawthorne on Painting

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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, Charle
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 1st 1960 by Dover Publications
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Mike Zickar
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-history
An interesting and quick read. Hawthorne was, I believe, the founder of the Provincetown Art School and a teacher for over 30 years, well-loved by his students. This book is an attempt to capture some of his teaching magic and was published after his death. His paintings can be found in museums in the US that has some depth in American art after the previous turn of the century. My local museum, the Toledo Museum of Art, has a nice painting of his, though it is rarely on display as his star powe ...more
Ariel Desouza
Nov 04, 2015 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
Jorge Rodighiero
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Most of the book is about Hawthorne's comments and critiques of his student's work. This would have been an amazing book if it had the studies.

There are some pearls spread out regardless of this important fact, for example:
"The vision of the artist is the vision to see and the ability to tell the world something that it unconsciously thinks about nature. Everyone knows what a man looks like, or a tree or a house but it is our job to tell the world something about these things that it has not kno
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Please note that this is not an instructional book - and the lack of pictures really does contribute to this. Hawthorne on painting, rather, is a collection of quotes and brief lesson excerpts from a master teacher. His voice is so tangible you can almost imagine him in the room with you. I find this book most useful to dip into when I need a kick of inspiration or a re-focusing (as a painter and teacher both). Hawthorne describes the act of painting for what it is - a continued humble struggle, ...more
Danielle Brusco
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked his advice on focusing on color relationships. I just wish there were pictures of the paintings Hawthorne was critiquing so I had a frame of reference for some of his comments. I'd also to know what some of his studies looked like. (I've only seen finished works through my internet searching.)
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent reference read
Feb 26, 2010 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.
Mar 02, 2011 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.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Each time I read this one, I pull more and more from it.
Sep 23, 2014 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.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lovely, not as dated as you would imagine. He restates fundamental principles of seeing and recording.
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great book for students of painting.
Catherine Beringer
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Full of the things I try to remember when I'm painting. Love this art book.
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