Savageries: The Technique Of No Technique

Those painters who strain after techniques that will produce a tree, a grassy field, or a cloudy sky, should listen to Van Gogh.

View Of Arles With Irises 1888 Van Gogh"My brush stroke has no system at all. I hit the canvas with irregular touches of the brush, which I leave as they are. Patches of thickly laid-on colour, spots of canvas left uncovered, here and there portions that are left absolutely unfinished, repetitions, savageries; in short, I am inclined to think that the result is so disquiting and irritating as to be a godsend to those people who have a fixed preconceived idea about technique..." Vincent Van Gogh

MT McClanahan

An artist and perpetual thinker, MT McClanahan finds inspiration through connecting ideas across a broad range of topics. He especially enjoys philosophy and how art and life interconnect. He is the founder of TPT and his paintings can be seen at

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  1. Lovely tidbit..with lots of food for thought, MT! Susan

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