🚀 Everything is raw material 🚀

Hey painters,

Today I’m sending you a collection of links, quotes, and images that I’ve collected from a couple of different places. I’m subscribed to a LOT of other different newsletters and I enjoy thinking about the newsletter ecosystem that exists out there.

There’s some I subscribe to that must have millions of other followers, and some that just have thousands or maybe just hundreds of readers. It’s pleasing to me to think about the web of newsletters linking to each other and forming chains and networks of similar interests.

Reading broadly across a variety of different topics like news and general interest letters, plus diving deep into cultural and fine arts topics, it provides for some interesting moments of overlap and a variety of perspectives.

In today’s issue I want to share with you some of that while also showing you some paintings by Senem Oezdogan, a Brooklyn based artist whose recent series of nighttime inspired paintings have a deep and rich color palette.

The writer Jorge Luis Borges on transforming every experience into a resource, from James Clear’s weekly newsletter of quotes, thoughts, and motivations:

"A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art."

From the Snakes & Ladders newsletter by Alan Jacobs, the definition of the Greek word “hypomone” which translates into “patient endurance.” A more elaborated definition is:

The capacity to hold out or bear up in the face of difficulty, patience, endurance, fortitude, steadfastness, perseverance.

The associated verb, hypomeno, means “to stay in a place beyond an expected point of time, remain/stay (behind), while others go away”; “to maintain a belief or course of action in the face of opposition, stand one’s ground, hold out, endure, remain instead of fleeing.”

From Oliver Burkeman’s twice a month newsletter which is called The Imperfectionist, he makes a couple of observations that I find fascinating and applicable to the life of the artist. Burkeman notices among certain types that there is a constant:

“yearning behind the desire to “get on top of things” (note that metaphor), and behind the tendency to put important things off until you’ve “cleared the decks” of smaller tasks”

While I am a fan of working with checklists and get a buzz from crossing them off, at a certain point I feel an urge to zoom out and away from the day to day things and focus on the bigger picture. It’s easy to get swept up by box checking and then a couple weeks or months go by and you realize that the large project you had in mind hasn’t moved forward at all.

In a 7-year old column for the Guardian, which will possibly forever remain relevant to my life, Burkeman talks more about being a precrastinator, but the basic message is that flexibility and letting go (not forcing yourself to give equal attention to both small and large tasks, so that the little things are the only ones that get completed) are key practices that you’d do well to incorporate into your routine.

Tuesday Night Study Hall

Painting Study Hall: Tuesday, June 8th

Our painting study hall is back on for tonight, this Tuesday!

This is a chance to create time in your schedule for consistent art making. We’re a friendly group of painters who don’t bite and would love to have you join our crew. Think of the study hall like a social hour where you can log on and work on your latest art project in the company of other painters.

If you’d like to join us, you can use this Zoom link for tomorrow at 7 PM EDT.

If prompted, you can enter the password TM for access.

Study Halls are free to attend, but to show your support, please consider subscribing to my Ko-Fi account. Ko-Fi works like a virtual tip jar, and you can choose to make your donation recurring.

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A mixture of classical and jazz links for you to explore, provided care of the previously mentioned newsletters:

John Dowland — Seaven Teares
Orlando Gibbons — 3 Fantasies royales a trois violes
Duke Ellington — A Bundle of Blues

That’s all for this week folks. See you next time, and happy painting
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