Since I’ve been on this whole book thing for a while … thought I’d pass along some stories that might inspire others.
Recently, Don B (who has probably been wondering when I’d post this!) wrote me about taking the initiative to study works by a deceased artist:
I’ve been reading Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting again. There’s a gallery here that specializes in antique regional art. I’m well acquainted with the owner and gallery manager, so I asked if they’d let me study everything at once. In a miraculous moment, they agreed. So, last week I was able to sit in a back room, all alone with a bunch of his works to study, pick up and handle, or whatever I wanted to do. They even let me take some detail photos. Of course, these are mostly plein air pieces that he did while he was heading up the Broadmoor Academy, back in the early 1900s.
Now how cool is that??
I recall chatting with Tim Shinabarger a few years ago about a stop he made at the Glenbow Museum in Canada (the one that has more Rungius works than anywhere else in the world). When he told them he was a sculptor and wanted to see what other Rungius work was in their archives, they ushered him into a room and laid out loads of drawings, etchings, and studies for him to handle and study. Awesome, eh?
Never hurts to ask – the worst they can do is say “no”.Tags: growth