The Same Thing x Number of Times?


“I am always saying to myself: that’s not right yet. You can do better, it’s rare when I
can prevent myself from taking a thing up again… x number of times, the same thing.
Sometimes, it becomes an absolute obsession. But for that matter, why would anyone
work, if not for that? To express the same thing, but express it better. It’s always
necessary to seek for perfection. Obviously for us this word no longer has the same meaning. To me, it means: From one canvas to the next, always go further, further…” Pablo Picasso




Courage – Daily Therapy for Artists

Fat Man


“Comparison is the thief of joy.”  Unknown


Courage – Daily Therapy for Artists

RMIT 2nd Project

“Don’t judge any man (or woman) until you have walked two moons in their mocassins.”
Native American proverb.

Drawing – Create Cohesive Magic


Check out this crazy, yet striking drawing! This man’s clothes are totally merged with the background yet you still get the impression he is sitting with his shoulder and hand resting on the arm of the chair.

It is possible to create a unified pattern with an amazing design device!

The idea is to leave no boundary lines between one object and another or even the background as you see above.  This idea can be used when any two adjoining shapes are the same tone (or almost the same.) Dark shapes, white or middle tone shapes can all be merged just as well.

Deliberately merging the shapes in only one or two places in your drawing is enough to create cohesive magic.

Check these out!


The black dresses are merged at the knees but separate at the shoulder making these ladies strangely together yet apart.


These cows are tied together by their black shapes yet you still see them as cows only in a more exciting and dynamic way.

Are you willing to try embracing opposite qualities simultaneously? You will be surprised at the spontaneous opportunities you will find to use this great skill, all to the benefit of your drawing practice!

Courage – Daily Therapy for Artists

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“Finishing a painting demands a heart of steel: everything requires a decision, and I
find difficulties where I least expect them… It is at such moments that one fully
realizes one’s own weaknesses and how many incomplete, or impossible to complete,
parts comprise what one calls a ‘finished’ or completed work.”
Eugene Delacroix

Courage – Daily Therapy for Artists

After 911

“One word frees us from the weight and pain of life, that word is love”. Sophocles