After attending this conference and more specifically after hearing Joe Paquet speak, what I can say now is, I feel peaceful and really happy in this moment, knowing that I have a lot to learn. I have a sense of direction and a new outlook with my focus being on the journey and not the destination. Actually, after seeing and being in the presence this past week of great artists, coupled with where I am in this journey, I'm happy that basically I am a blank canvas and get to learn from here.
"Letters to a Young Poet" the first letter
I believe this was the letter that Joe Paquet read a portion of during his opening speech at the Plein Air Art Convention in Monterey 2013.
His speech had a profound impact on me and the view of my journey in the pursuit of art. I liken his lecture to the poetic passion of words spoken by Kevin Costner in Dances With Wolves. While I can't remember every word, some of the ones I wrote down follow and by no means do justice to the entirety of the speech.
A quote that Joe referenced that struck a major chord with me:
"What can be more tragic than to feel the grandeur of the surrounding beauty
and to be able to see in it its underlying mystery... and yet to be aware of your own
inability to express these large feelings"-- Isaak Levitan
He works on 6X6 studies
A quote he referenced:
"Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing; light is everything. " -Leonard Missonne
All I've ever thought about and dreamed about, was being an artist and painting.