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Artists and their subbonkers

Insecurity is a guarantee against overconfidence and a spur to self-betterment. Rebel Without a Palette Only nimble-witted horses know that grass is always on the menu. ‘I bet they think no one else knows about grass.’ Rebel Without a Palette Last Sunday in church, I was miraculously cured of all my beliefs. ‘A miracle is […]

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Suffering is the new resistance

Sufferers of ‘going through the motions’ should make ‘experimental’ appointments for their recovery potions. ‘Right bloody suffragettes.’ Rebel Without a Palette Conformity comforts those who lack invention and therapies those messed up by theoretical upbringings. Rebel Without a Palette Any old artist can fill the hearth with coals; only the best artists can set them […]

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The 11 art commandments

(1) Thou art the imagination gazing at Nature: Don’t be a slave to Nature; treat her as a friend and know her as a mother – for art is imagination gazing at Nature. Rebel Without a Palette (2) Thou art a big and bold thinker: Draw with jumbo-sized charcoal sticks on extra-large sheets of paper […]

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How to never start a painting

Written observational notes should accompany every sketchbook drawing. ‘Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, dosser.’ Rebel Without a Palette Before starting a painting, clear the mind of expectation and leave the self-conscious mind in the bin at the studio door. ‘All right, done that, what next?’ Rebel Without a Palette Intuition and risk-taking are […]

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How to defend yourself if attacked from behind by an artist

On love is built all art, on love is built what needs to be, not what wants to be. Rebel Without a Palette Contemplation time, recovery time, showing off time, day off time, marketing time, yourself time, next-painting time, downtime, networking time, eating time, dreaming time. Is that the time? Crikey, I really must rush. […]

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Art quotes for strange people How to run away from an artist

Is it possible to be original and stupid?

Originality will always cause the public to think something isn’t right. ‘Yeah, girls never talk about Mr Original, only Mr Right, hey!’ Rebel Without a Palette Originality is the ability to see a subject through one’s own eyes. Rebel Without a Palette Originality is the refusal to be predictable. Rebel Without a Palette Originality is […]

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Is it possible to make art and eat bananas simultaneously?

The illustrator tells the story, the artist is the story, and they sure as hell embellish it. Rebel Without a Palette By the age of fifty, most people realise they have a soul; I have just realised I have a body. ‘What, in the fridge? Weirdo!’ Rebel Without a Palette Art studios are habit-forming coffins. […]

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How not to look an artist in the eye

It is perfectly possible to justify art without having a clue what it means or how it came about, which on hearing the great news causes artists to unfurl from their foetal position. ‘Sounds like a right mental straitjacket job.’ Rebel Without a Palette The colour of art is red; the colour of internal bleeding; […]

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Can I be an artist if I don’t own a horse and carriage?

Dear Nutters, if you need to reset your password to art heaven, please ensure that your new password includes the word ‘fantasy.’ Rebel Without a Palette The weave of canvas cries out for the expression of the least obvious. ‘Never disappoint a weave, I say.’ Rebel Without a Palette Art must be proportionate to itself […]

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How to avoid being an artist forever

Not being in the mood to paint might be an excuse not to paint, but it’s not an excuse not to experiment. ‘That’s what my wife says.’ Art can never go wrong; it can only go right. ‘It can’t be legal to be that optimistic.’ Spend more time alone and you might create something. ‘Sounds […]