Words from John Carlson on Plein Air Painting - 1942 December American Artist Magazine interview with Carlson -                                                  “When starting out for a day of painting in the open, first get rid of that mild frenzy that is apt to take possession of the inexperienced. Pretend you are a disinterested party. Relax, gradually slither yourself into the environment you feel to be harmonious with your in’ards. Don’t begin by boring into facts like a scientist. Loaf around, smoke your pipe, ruminate all by yourself. Give nature a chance to begin singing to you. Gradually a plan or idea will emerge. Analyze the idea, not nature. Then paint the idea. After this you are ready to check up on such constructive facts as you may need. But don’t let facts disturb your idea; make them conform to it.”

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