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First-time Painters..an objective choice

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Larry Seiler (lseiler@ez-net.com)
Sat, 27 Nov 1999 21:01:36 -0600


>And ideas about art being a struggle are nothing more than 19th century
>romantic pap.

Hhhmmm...obviously you haven't done my paintings or hung out inside my head
during the 20 some years I've been developing!

>Here's the secret of making art, and other things too: Find
>out what you do best, and stick to it---and what you do best is what comes
>easiest to you.
>Joseph

Joseph...take a moment to check out some of my work, and I will guarantee
you one thing...it took very very hard work and discipline to learn and
develop what I have, and THAT ain't no romantic dribble! I love it...and
that is the reward, but easy? No way!

If I would have stuck to what was easy....btw, I never would have ventured
beyond the safe distance. What I learned DID NOT COME EASY!!! That is the
insult I spoke of earlier that cliches flying around at art fairs think its
just some convenient little "talent thing." "Oh...it must be so nice to
have so much talent! Sure wish I could do that!" Yeah right...give me a
break. Tear yourself away from your televisions...your social gatherings.
Find no one to go talk to when you're rippin' your hair out. Watch the
look on your children's faces when they know its time to go outside and
leave daddy alone!
<smile> Try stirring up the courage to continue when the debt collectors
are pounding at the door and ringin' the phone off the hook because you're
too stubborn to produce mediocre garbage that can be whipped out and sold
at five and dime stores.

I have often sensed a piece to take me down new risks. You might convince
others that easy is best....but, I can't take 20 some years of my own
painting experience and agree by any means. Truth is...how does one go
about finding out what they do best? Just by what comes easy? I don't
think Olympic athletes would agree with that, nor their coaches.

BTW- I hope having a friendly disagreement here doesn't get anyone nervous
that I'm being mean. Certainly not my intentions! Truth sometimes
offends, and sometimes needs defending.
peace,

Larry
Larry Seiler
artist's site- http://cwinc.net/larryseiler
WetCanvas Artists page- (shorter and quicker loading)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Gallery/S/Larry_Seiler/index.html

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