Thursday, May 3, 2012

Peter Thornton Quotes

I just finished typing up my notes from the recent workshop
with Peter Thornton and wanted to share some of his wit and wisdom with you…

1.  Instead of saying, “I can’t do that”, say: “I can’t do that yet.”

2.  You see your neighbor’s work for what it is.
     You see your own work for what it is not.

3.  If you get a compliment, don’t negate it. 
     Just say “thank you” and go on.

4.  Your hand will never be able to give you
     what the mind’s eye can envision.

5.  When in doubt, add gold.  J

6.  If it doesn’t sell, triple-mat it and double the price.  J

7.  All rules lead to Balance.

8.  Never do the obvious.  It’s already been done.

9.   Just because you can’t read it, doesn’t mean it’s art.
And just because you can read it, doesn’t mean it’s only craft.

10.  The great thing about calligraphy is that nobody reads it.  J

11.  When you’re playing, you do your best stuff.

12.  Grey always works.

And last, but definitely not least, (in fact, maybe the most):

13.  It’s the doing of it, you see.

So, now you know why I love learning 
from Peter Thornton so much…  ♥

Lucky Dog


  1. Loved them! So encouraging -- I printed them out and posted them in my studio :) Thanks!

  2. I've taken a couple of workshops with Peter and I love his quotes! I had forgotten #6, and hadn't heard #11 or #12, so thank you for sharing! He's a great teacher.