Articles of Art
By Leon Parson (from my notes)
- If it don't communicate, it ain't art. Any fool can make a mark!
- Subject matter has very little if nothing to do with great art. It's what you do with subject matter that makes the difference.
- Draw what you know, not what you think you see; until the happy day you know what you are seeing, then you can draw it.
- If it looks dumb, DON'T DRAW IT!
- A client says "Can you do it?" You say "Sure, no sweat!"
- No one part is as important as the total.
- In order to do great art, sooner or later you're going to have to look at what you drew.
- An unfinished piece is ALWAYS unfinished.
- Decide what you want to say and say it.
- Do whatever it takes to achieve your goal or satisfy the clients needs.
- What if....?
- If you live by the sword, you die by the sword.
- When in doubt, simplify.
- Sometimes the part you love the most is what ruins your art.
- If a client asks you to finish a month early, you can say "Sure, but it's going to cost you extra!"
- There is nothing more appalling than a neat mistake"
- If a drawing looks unfinished... it is!
- If something looks out of place, add more of it (repetitions creates harmony)
- Find out what you are (not who) Get enough education so that you can be a professional you!
- Become perfectly ourselves through Christ.
- Less is more.
- The subject is not more important than the whole painting.
And I'm sure he has added more to this list or there are quotes I missed, but these are some of the things I jotted down from my classes with him. I wasn't completely sure how some of these would apply to me when I was in school, now I can say that he was right on the dot.