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RE: AEN Preachin' to the preacher


From: Hillmer, Jan (hillmjan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Feb 08 2004 - 15:13:38 PST

Thanks, Larry, for preachin' to the choir. Now you may preach to the preacher - I showed a portion of your email to my pastor and he asked to have a copy.
Peace to you, too.

        Like those that would walk away from hearing Christ's stories with nothing
        but anger for being treated like a child for his not making an answer more
        plain, that measure of the public will not understand plein air works that
        appear messy and unfinished.
        I have found though...that many more people having made the dialogue of the
        painting personal are likely to loosen their wallets to bring the work home
        with them. There is great joy for me that such people have made the work
        personal. That I have helped to take them on a journey...and have shared
        the spirit of a place with them, and it has touched them so.
        I try and transfer a sense now of all this to my students.
        I think my passion as an artist, for life, for expressing my feelings
        ...sometimes in this macho logging community culture is a real oddity to
        With all that passion though...there are yet good story tellers and I can
        assure you a poor story teller will take no one anywhere. So, I don't
        encourage imperfections for the sake of imperfections themselves. The thing
        is...most work will not but help to show its having a creator. More
        importantly is that a person pours their heart and soul into it.
        Next...that they understand it takes about 120 bad paintings to learn
        something about painting...and thus, should see it as an act of celebration.
        A dance of life...and let the understanding, the control, the excellence
        develop on its own. Do your best...knowing the next one will be better
        still, yet make it your goal to enjoy each work as though a sacred
        opportunity. Dignified. Passion...
        now...I'll quit preaching to the choir. Peace....
        Larry Seiler
        My websites-
        Member of NAPPAP- "National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters"
        "Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do!"
        Edgar Degas
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