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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Romare Bearden

"Painting and art cannot be taught.  You can save time if someone tells you to put blue and yellow together to make green, but the essence of painting is a self-disciplined activity that you have to learn by yourself."

American Artist
1911 - 1978

The Train
Collage (1974)
People often say that painting and writing cannot be taught by others.  The best way to learn to write and paint is through painting and writing.  We discover who we are as creative leaders   by doing.  And while there is a lot of truth to this, I believe one can learn from others.  Not that one needs formal training, but rather the observation and interaction with others.  Those who have been painting or writing for years have much to teach the young if they are willing to listen.  But when the teaching is over, the student must still paint or write what is in his heart. He must create what his heart sees.

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