If you know the differences between an oak and a poplar, a spruce and a pine, down to the needles... you are able to paint that tree with more conviction, even if done with a few broad strokes.
Art is the space between the viewer and the rectangle that hangs on the wall. Unless something of the person that created the work is there, there's nothing for the viewer to take away.
The transition from painter to artist comes when you cross the line of painting what you see to painting what you feel about what you see.
It benefits all artists to help one another - it raises the whole profession.
If everything that you do is for the market, it won't work.
I've started to experiment [in the studio] with texturing the canvas, building up the surface with large brushes, palette knife or fingers. I want to say more in my art.
What you work hardest at, you love the most.
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