"There are hundreds of excellent draftsmen in the country. You've never heard of them and you never will. They are content to do nothing but demonstrate their facility for drawing. They have nothing to say. The only thing that will see you through this business is the first idea and urge you had when you came to school. All the training, drawing, composition, 'isms', and laws of painting will only be just so many obstacles to trip over."
|Painting by Harvey Dunn|
"Life is short. Get going now and do something important. This is your Life's work. Think of that. You are going to spend every day of your life painting. Don't waste any of that valuable time. A man who has an idea and paints it, knows whether or not he has or has not failed. He does not have to ask anyone. When a man asks me that, I wonder if anything is going on inside him. Only the man with the idea knows how he has succeeded or failed."
—From Notes taken in the Picture Class of Harvey Dunn at Grand Central Art School Night Class from 1938-1941 by Charles Andres.
Courtesy Harvey Dunn Collection, South Dakota Museum of Art Archives, Brookings, SD.
Harvey Dunn on Wikipedia
Harvey Dunn images on Pinterest
My YouTube video called "Meet Harvey Dunn"
Harvey Dunn: Illustrator and Painter of the Pioneer West (Recent book with lots of color)
Where Your Heart Is: The Story of Harvey Dunn , Artist (Best source for teaching philosophy)
Thanks to Kev Ferrara.