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Tips on contemplation in art.

Contemplation is the medium of art.

Intervals of contemplation are as necessary as periods of challenging work. ‘Make that interval last, mate.’

Contemplation should accompany every creative act; art is not the sum of one’s observations, but a summary of one’s initial response; so, before painting a subject, run your caring scrutiny over it and pensively observe it. ‘Are you threatening me?’

People will often remark, ‘I could have painted that’; you can’t win, hey! ‘I could have said that.’

Contemplation is always in aftershock.

Paint your own life before someone paints it for you.

The artist’s life is all training, and every so often production.

There is a truth, maybe hard to bear, that fear is the skeleton of no belief’s stare. ‘Sorry freak, my cupboards full.’

By Francis Rubbra

Francis Clark is an Australian born artist, illustrator and musician.