10 comments


  • Cynthia

    Well said, Jerry. Words of wisdom and encouragement for a developing painter. Sometimes the thrill feels so right that at first it is somewhat startling.

    November 18, 2015
    • Fresia

      Hi Cynthia, Yes, now and again it is startling.
      Such a good way to make art.

      Jerry

      November 18, 2015
  • Still true. If you paint for the market rather than for yourself, you will never be fulfilled, nor believe yourself to be truly, an artist. Dr. Robert

    November 20, 2015
    • Fresia

      Thanks for writing in; the implications of what you say are enormous given that much of our way of life
      is organized around exactly that. JF

      November 21, 2015
  • In this day and age it would not surprise me if these Renoir haters would seek and destroy every Impressionist painting in the world. There are inhabitants of this planet who have simply gone mad!

    As for my opinion, keep going, Jerry. To thine own self be true!

    December 07, 2015
    • Fresia

      Thanks Maria. JF

      December 13, 2015
  • Jason Hughes

    Thanks Jerry, this is excellent. I’m currently reclaiming my painting, going plein air and realizing that my years at ‘art school’ were a waste of money as there was no real training in serious painting. Yes, that is were the protests should be! Wish I had discovered the ateliers back then (90s) which seem to be ever growing in popularity. Nevertheless I am optimistic for the future of painting, knowing my self-worth, and feeling alive before nature.

    December 09, 2015
    • Fresia

      Great comment Jason. We need to organize! JF

      December 13, 2015
  • Lenny

    Jerry,

    Your blog(s) are absolutely fascinating and uplifting. Your words inspire me and have allowed me to look at my passion in an almost a “spiritual” way now. I love your approach and will work hard at trying to put it to use. I feel as if I can “let go” now and become the artist that I “am”. Thank you!! I‘ve ordered your instructional videos and anxiously await them. In the meantime, I recently redrew a quick sketch I had done previously (which is awful), trying to follow your “lead”. I can’t believe the difference!! The drawing is SO much more pleasing. I would send the two but am too embarrassed at how utterly bad the first one looks. They are quite simple drawings, but have provided me with a powerful message.

    – Lenny

    January 29, 2016
    • Fresia

      Thanks Lenny. Please send them along. I would love to see them. J

      February 02, 2016

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