Play and Revision by gene talbott

In her valuable book The Right to Write Julia Cameron addresses the procrastination and fear that often surrounds artistic creation by saying this: "When we become willing to write imperfectly, we become able to write." Many of us who want to create things of a more or less artistic nature can feel blocked by the anxiety that what comes out will be not what we mean, not what we intend, not what we want or were hoping for. Not pleasing enough. Not perfect enough. That time or materials will be wasted. This anxiety feeds a desire to skip over the messy and imperfect stages of the process of bringing something into being, and jump straight to a gratifyingly perfect product. And since that is clearly impossible, one becomes quite reluctant to do anything at all.

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Mastery by gene talbott

Some time ago I came across a reference to a little story or koan about a great Japanese master of the art of archery--who had never in his life hit the bulls-eye. I like this of course because, as a painter striving for some sort of mastery, I feel that I have never hit the bulls-eye in my work. It's never quite what I imagine it will be. It usually feels fairly wide of the mark. But I also like that koan because of the obvious question: why is he a master, then?

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The Power of Images by gene talbott

When I was young I read The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. I loved them. They were full of magical and moving images that at the time spoke very strongly to me. (Some still do.) One of the most powerful for me at the time was the following from the book Prince Caspian:

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Color by gene talbott

Color is a language.

Each color is a world. Vast, full of scenes and beings. Pregnant with potential. Each color has an inside.

Colors feel. You can feel colors. Each color has its own feeling, its own nature, its own being. Each one speaks.

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Creative Joy by gene talbott

J. R. R. Tolkien is the author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, as many people know. He is also the author of The Silmarillion, a collection of stories really, that comprise the origin myth and early legends of his Middle Earth. In these stories the elves and dwarves (and later the humans) that inhabit Tolkien's novels, and that many love (and some dislike,) are shown in the early days of the world and of their own races. Drama ensues, of course, which I am not going to talk about. I want to talk about a particular thing that struck me when I first read The Silmarillion.

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Art Makes Sense by gene talbott

Most people enjoy art. We don't all enjoy all forms of art, but most people enjoy one, or a few. The reasons for that are surely as varied and complex as people are. But there is something, easily observable, that art does. It takes the stuff of the world, and arranges it.

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Wallpapers by gene talbott

I would like to make a quick post for those who don't know quite as much as they would like about how their computer works.

You can take any image that you see in my galleries and use it on your computer as the desktop wallpaper...

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And Welcome by gene talbott

So welcome to this blog and my website. I hope you will look through the galleries and find something you enjoy looking at. There are a lot of differences over the whole of my work, even within a single medium, because rather than striving very hard to cultivate a 'recognizable style' for its own sake, or a comfortably familiar method, I'm always exploring and trying to find the way this or that work best 'wants' to be painted. Something like 'beginner's mind.' Never assuming I've 'got it.' I have very little method. Sometimes I regret that; I'm not sure I ever know exactly what I'm doing. And paintings do have a mind of their own.

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