He Waited on the Couch to Die

From ‘The Art Spirit’, by Robert Henri:

‘Cherish your own emotions and never undervalue them.’

‘We are not here to do what has already been done.’

‘I have little interest in teaching you what I know. I wish to stimulate you to tell me what YOU know. In my office towards you, I am simply trying to improve my own environment.’

The last one particularly sticks in my mind right now. I have finally undertaken to start some private art lessons. They will be beginning soonish. The aim is to improve my technique, which is I think the most lacking part of my work. I understand that technique is not everything, and that it can be improved by practice, but I also worry that I waste much time in laziness and not knowing how to practice something right (after all, if you don’t know how to do something to begin…

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