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...