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I found a good book recently which had some good stuff in it. Perhaps you all
know it already.
"Artists on Art" compiled and edited by Robert Coldwater and Marco Treves
Pantheon Books, Inc.
Unfortunately is is really only european old school stuff. I liked this piece
of writing by Leonardo especially...
" If the painter wishes to see enchanting beauties, he has the power to
produce them. If he wishes to see monstrosities, whether terrifying or
ludicrous and laughable or pitiful, he has the power and authority to create
them. If he wishes to produce towns or deserts, if in the hot season he wants
cool and shady places, or in the cold season warm places, he can make them. If
he wants valleys, if from high mountaintops he wants to survey vast stretches
of county if beyond he wants to see the horizon on the sea, he has the power
to create all this; and likewise, if from deep valleys he wants to see high
mountains or from high mountains deep valleys, and beaches. Indeed, whatever
exisits in the universe, whether in essence, in act, or in the imagination,
the painter has first in his mind and then in his hands. His hands are of
such excellence that they can present to our view simultaneously whatever
well-proportioned harmonies real things exhibit piecemeal."