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December 01, 2007


John R.P. Russell

Thank you for this wonderful idea.

I have just stolen it and am conducting my own combox crit at Blog of the Dormition.

Please come by and let me know what you think.

John R.P. Russell

Here is the address for my crit:



From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist, and from fifty on began producing works that won some reputation, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention. At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants grow. If I go on trying, I will surely understand them still better by the time I am eighty-six, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature. At one hundred, I may well have a positively divine understanding of them, while at one hundred and thirty, forty, or more I will have reached the stage where every dot and every stroke I paint will be alive. May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie.


Tim J.

Thanks, Skygor. I may do a post on that. All the artists that I admire feel the same way.

Memphis Aggie

Hi Tim,

Assuming you didn't already do so, you might try the Sacred Heart of Mary devotion (5 first Saturdays) before painting Our Lady again.


What's better is that on his death bed Hokusai said that if he had five more years, he might have done something worthwhile.

It reminds me how Sheen once explained how the strait and narrow is also continuously rising gradually.

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