August 02, 2006

4: On Lineage

I think it's pretty important to value the contributions of those who've come before. It has nothing to do with fashion or age or style--it has to do with having worked hard, pushed boundaries, taken risks and set standards; they earned respect. We should all be very grateful for the lineage we all get to be a part of. There's hundreds of years of big shoes to fill, every great artist a pal urging us to work a little harder, do a little better. Not long ago Jenny Lerew at the Blackwing Diaries posted about Mr Roy Mckie's terrific books and illustrations; well I happened upon this one in NY, and I think it's just amazing. Here's a sampling from it:

Thanks Mr Mckie!
Robert Henri writes:

"Through art mysterious bonds of understanding and of knowledge are established among men. They are the bonds of a great Brotherhood. Those who are of the Brotherhood know each other, and time and space cannot separate them."