To attain wisdom, eat more Chinese food

detail of rice bowl from may 23 2011 wc

I cracked open the cookie, and there is was:  one sentence of the best art advice I’ve ever seen, “The work will teach you how to do it.”  There you go.  Forget all those books on “drawing made easy,” “ten steps to this or that,” “old master secrets” and all the rest.

The work will teach you how to do it.  But are we ready to learn?  Ready to work hard?  Ready to be adventurous?  Ready to make mistakes?  Ready to screw up royally?

It’s only paper and ink.  Or pencil lines, quite erasable.  Or paint that can be painted over!

So there you have it.  Eat Chinese food:  your first step on the road to becoming a great artist!