The Seven Secrets of Art
Philip Koch, High Trees, oil on panel, 28 x 21"
2015. To be included in the Burchfield Penney
Art Center's Live Auction at their annual Gala
Sept. 19, 2015
I like to make lists. Here are some bullet points I sometimes give out to my students. As you can see I failed badly at keeping the list down to just seven ideas.
The 7 Secrets of Art, and a few more. Philip Koch
Secret #1. That there are Secrets.
#2. That there are in fact rules (though they can be elusive to understand).
#3. Tones (darks and lights) are more important than color.
#4. Shapes are more important than color.
#5. Silhouettes are more important than details.
#6. Intervals of empty space are more important than forms.
#7. Craftmanship is always in style.
#8. The problem with ones work-in-progress usually isn't where one thinks it is.
#9. Art is not an idea but a vision.
#10. Art is the marriage of the skeptic and the hopeless romantic.
# 11. Art revists the joys and terrors of childhood.
#12. An artist has to grasp some of the threads that were woven by the great masters and carry them forward into our own time.
#13. Creating art is ususally solitary, but sometimes the artist needs feedback from someone they trust who has a good eye.
#14. The art world is filled with all kinds of people. Most often they
But inevitably you will run into things that are-
#15. Keep your eyes open, your heart warm, and stick to your guns.