The whole pearl

Why I never finished a Masters Degree  6/10/2018 8:02:38 PM

What follows comes on the heels of a discussion on painting with an art teacher. Sir !  

If you describe Henry Moore, Giocometti and Calder as "Sight Size" sculptors then we do not refer to the same thing.  

What I speak of is the work of sight-size observation and fine art painting as taught by the gentlemen you so uncharacteristically disparaged in your previous comments.

I have had the privilege of working on two life sized figure pieces in this method at my own expense. Your argument that this is a shape isolating method of painting neglects the essential search for observation of ALL formal aspects of the subject. Your argument hints that you have not worked extensively at this task and that you have come up short in your understanding of it's premise and benefits.
Once again, I say . . . popular though you may be . . . that you are mistaken in your short change comments about a method of working which some fine art painters have found to be exhilarating in it's promise to reveal something true, honest and dignified about our physical presence on this earth.
Do not believe that the students trained by another master will come to you carrying the whole pearl. They come to you perhaps having tried to pry open the jaws of this difficult problem but having failed. In short, you base your argument against the A+ student by referring to the evidence brought forth by D- students.
Modern life surges with a tide of image makers of every sort and at every turn. So few practice the art of fine painting and not so many more than that are interested in investing in the practice. We should not be reduced to a battle cry at every meeting with someone in this small community by the thought that they may increase their audience only by reducing ours. 
You are a wonderful artist and an excellent teacher but you diminish your effectiveness by these thrusts.  
By the way, I have a wonderful photograph of you with your little dog. It is one of my fondest memories from the Portrait Society Conference.