It was the summer of 2002. I trekked to Coos Bay, Oregon to
take a week long workshop with Jonathan Talbot.
I stayed at a campground and slept in my mini-van to save money. I caught a
me down. I
art from morning till night, met wonderful people, and learned about being
an artist. Jonathan was our teacher, guide, and confessor. He was incredibly
generous with his
time and talents. I tried to write down
he said. Here are some little gems that continue to inspire me.
Jonathan Talbot :: Words of Wisdom
~ Don't worry about wasting
things or using old things; you have to free yourself for your art.
~ We learn the language
of art through imitation, repetition, and mimicry.
~ As artists, we should
profit from all the gifts laid out for us by the people who came before us.
~ If you title a piece
too soo, you limit the piece. After the work is done, the title is like a
sign post that leads the person into the work.
~ We should nurture the
artwork the way that we nurture a child.
~ Each piece of artwork
is going its own way; it's our job to help it get there.
~ "Everytime I get to
something I expect, I make a right turn."
~ Whether the collage
is successful or not doesn't matter; it tells me when it's done.
~ You have to play through
your mistakes. Don't get stuck because you're not satisfied. Finish what
you start and then go on.
~ Art is most successful
when it expresses our experiences. It should reflect our love of nature,
other artwork, etc.
~ "We have experiences
that transcend ourselves, that bond us to each other."
~ Art is not about better
or worse; it doesn't do any good to compare art.
~ Selling artwork has
nothing to do with what it is or how good it is; it is based on the art of
can learn more about Jonathan Talbot and see his artwork at http://www.talbot1.com/
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