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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.

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(2) Thou art a big and bold thinker: Draw with jumbo-sized charcoal sticks on extra-large sheets of paper pinned to the wall or laid on the floor – for art is thinking big and bold.

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(3) Thou art reborn a happy artist: Release yourself from that to which before you were bound; release the emotions that perhaps only a mirror hitherto has to their rawness been the only witness; enjoy the creative process; smile as you create – for art is being reborn happy.

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(4) Thou art a theory revitalised: Learn the basics of colour theory, light and shade, contour line drawing, linear perspective, and composition; learn the theory in order to refresh it – for art is a theory revitalised.

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(5) Thou art the right now: Don’t make excuses; find the time to create, you are your actions, not your dreams; make art right now – for art is the right now.

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(6) Thou art elegance, poetry and spirit: Don’t give art trite praise for its realism or exactitude; cloak your art with a unique life force – for art is elegance, poetry and spirit.

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(7) Thou art unpredictability: Fight predictable routines and patterns of behaviour; apply paint with palette knives and large house painting brushes; drip and splatter it; pull and scrape it and draw into it – for art is unpredictability.

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(8) Thou art a space to inhabit: Be diligent and persistent, learn by spaced repetition; allow passion and urgency to rule the moment, and the passing of time to rule the idea; don’t be rushed – for art is a space to inhabit.

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(9) Thou art solid foundations: Copy Old Master drawings; draw the human figure and Ancient Greek and Roman statues – for art is solid foundations.

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(10) Thou art a dream – for art is the stuff of dreams.

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(11) Thou art a master of chaos and a lover of the unexpected: Seek out the unexpected, give birth in it, and to it, discover yourself in it, and leave your mark in it – for art is for lovers of chaos and the unexpected.

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By Rebel Without a Palette

Francis is an Australian born artist, illustrator and musician.