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            Chiaroscuro             30 x 40"             OIl            John Hulsey

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Page from the recent interview by Bob Bahr of The Artist's Road co-founder John Hulsey in Outdoor Painter (Plein Air Magazine). John shared with Bob his experiences this fall being filmed by PBS St. Louis while he demonstrated plein air paintiing high above the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois.

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Plumbing the Depths

Perspectives No. 200

Watercolor of Fog and Mountains by John Hulsey
Awakening II             26 x 48"            Watercolor             John Hulsey

   Something I read recently stirred up some old feelings and fundamental thoughts I had nearly forgotten about what it is to choose a life of making art. Daniel J. Levitin describes his worries as a young music student in his best-selling book, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession:

    “What if I took a scholarly approach to studying music and, in analyzing it, stripped it of its mysteries? What if I became so knowledgeable about music that I no longer took pleasure from it?”

  He goes on to relate that after many years of study and research, he still gets as much pleasure from listening to music as he ever did and that the mysteries have only broadened and deepened for him over the years, not the reverse.

   My own experiences as a young art student were similar but with a twist. While our professors were enthusiastic about art history, especially that of postwar America, and loved to espouse analytical theories of what art making should be, they were suspicious of, and cared little for, teaching skill and craft. The curriculum at the art institute I attended in the early 1970s was driven by the peculiarly American rejection of the time-proven European classical art education model. Non-objective American modern art had been on the rise and a new curriculum had been developed to service that trend. At its foundation was the misjudgement or fear that the knowledge and acquisition of skills or craft would hamper our “natural” abilities to make meaningful explorations into the mysteries of human expression.

  What I have learned in the intervening 40-plus years is, that knowledge of skill and craft is power, and it provides the freedom to understand and make intelligent choices. Craft and skill are essential to the pleasure I derive from exploring the mysteries of life through art.  And just like Mr Levitin, as I have gotten older and more experienced, the mysteries of art have only become broader and richer, not less intriguing. I think that this is the inspiring and exciting thing about delving deeply into any creative field of endeavor.

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