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Patience & Painting

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Brendan Carroll exhorts contemporary painters to embrace more patience in the studio.

Carroll writes: "Productivity, redundancy, and professional practices can be confused with smart and successful art. But it’s more than okay to be patient. Patience can be necessary for a piece to be worked to its natural completion… In the studio, a painter might ask: What is at stake here? Are the ideas of my heroes and disputants being challenged? Is this work redundant? Would this painting be interesting to someone who is familiar with my forbearers and contemporaries? If not, am I willing to destroy it and try again? Questions like these should take time to answer."

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