The Willow Pond

An artist who is self-taught is taught by a very ignorant person indeed.

John Constable said that. Is he right? I’ve been autodidactic my whole life, and feel that I’ve always preferred the efforts of those similarly inclined. I think that’s how you get idiosyncratic perspectives and unique styles, and that’s what all the creative disciplines need in order to stay vital. Or am I simply justifying my deeply-ingrained antithesis to authority and being told what to do, even by the most kindly and benevolent of Mr Miyagi figures? Anyway, here’s a drawing of some trees and a pond.

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