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Looking Deeply

painting of wild iris with poem fragment

An art teacher I had in my early twenties, the abstract painter Leslie Kenneth Price, once pointed out to another student that she had carefully painted a face from her mirrored reflection, then assumed she knew what a neck looked like and simply painted two parallel lines. Under a fairly realistic face, the neck looked stiff and awkward. He told her, “Here’s where you stopped looking. Keep looking!” More than 25 years later, the words “keep looking” still echo in my head when I’m painting. I Read more

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