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Saturday, June 23, 2012

What You Need For Painting

Here is my favourite Raymond Carver.
This poem always reminds me why I'm not good at it :)

What You Need For Painting

from a letter by Renoir

Flake white
Chrome yellow
Naples yellow
Yellow ochre
Raw umber
Venetian red
French vermilion
Madder lake
Rose madder
Cobalt blue
Ultramarine blue
Emerald green
Ivory Black
Raw sienna
Viridian green
White lead

Palette knife
Scraping knife
Essence of turpentine

Pointed marten-hair brushes
Flat hog-hair brushes

Indifference to everything except your canvas.
The ability to work like a locomotive.
An iron will.

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