Stop Worrying

Artists are a particularly worrisome bunch. We worry about everything,”Is my work good enough, will it be seen and appreciated, am I making any progress, will lesser talents get more recognition, can I ever measure up to the great masters?” 

A Note to a Student

The following is an e-mail that I sent to a student just after one of our private classes. We had discussed whether to push a particular piece a little further and risk losing some of the freshness and spontaneity Nobody loves beautiful paint, brushwork, and an expressive touch more than I do. These are the things that make art such a treat to look at. […]

What Kind of Art Sells?

Giorgio Morandi Christopher Gallego Updated November 1, 2018 Answer: “Great Art Sells” This from an art dealer that I met years ago. And although her words can certainly be argued with, I’ve never forgotten them. While it’s impossible to define great art, what I believe she meant was that artists unusually sell their strongest work, and that subject matter is secondary. Whether they know it or […]

on the spirit of play

Pablo Picasso Artists can get way too serious. Though I don’t always practice what I preach, I’m always telling my students to lighten up, with the reminder,”People; It’s just a painting! You’re not on trial.”  If that doesn’t work then I’ll belt out a bit of opera in my flat voice just to make them laugh. Richard Serra, arguably one of the most serious artists […]