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“FINISH WHAT YOU START,” said Hemingway, blunt and true and with purpose.

Hard to think of Hemingway now and not conjure up how Woody Allen had him portrayed in Midnight in Paris. That doesn’t detract, though, it just distracts. He said some wise things, many involving work. On how to write, he is reported to have said, “Write every day and finish what you start.” Substitute a different verb for “write” and it can be applied to any endeavor. Good advice, sir. Give that man an illustrated quotation.

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Some Kind of Meaningful Message (another quote painting)

I’m in the back row of a classroom. I think it’s an art class. A phrase pops, fully formed, into my head. I know it’s important, so I grab the first thing I can and I write it down. I use a charcoal stick and write on a piece of driftwood.

Then I wake up. Then I write it down for real. Later I cut and sand and prime a piece of masonite board and go to Lowe’s with Sorgatz and buy wood to build a frame, which I stain and finish. Then I paint the board with gold and black paints, complete with an absurdly detailed border. And I hang the whole thing above my desk at the studio.

"Work to Reveal"

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