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Carl Heilman II is a bit of a legend in the Adirondacks. He’s a soft-spoken man who is both friendly and elusive, and something of a business model for the modern freelance photographer. So many people know his work, know him, and see him regularly in towns and villages throughout the region. His photography has supported him and his family, through vehicles such as a very successful series of books, photography workshops, and public showings of his work. And many people have purchased the large panoramas to hang in the homes.

 But what makes Carl special is his photography.
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Writers work with the connotation of words, which means the attending feelings that surround a word. The words “brilliant” and “glaring” describe the same quality, but the former is a positive trait and the latter is decidedly negative. So goes the fine line between a critique and criticism. One is kind; the other is not. But they can both be helpful.
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Last weekend at the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake, NY, I was able to remain in the hall as Juror Anne Diggory judged the entries from 2 days of plein air painting. Anne is one of my favorite landscape painters, so her judgement was especially interesting.

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The ARTS ENCLAVE is up for a PEPSI REFRESH grant in the month of August, and we will need votes…Many many votes every day in August to meet our goal.

My project is to take this blog you have been reading, and build a website around it where you can start to meet artists of all kinds and learn more about what they are doing and how they do it. They will teach us! There’s a huge arts culture going on around us and participating in it is the best way I know to change the world for the better—which is exactly what the PEPSI REFRESH PROJECT is all about. 

Please vote for the ARTS ENCLAVE website project today and every day in August. And look at the other projects on the RefreshEverything.com site. There’s a lot of good karma on there!

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Can you name 3 famous people from the Renaissance—who weren’t artists?

Catherine de Medici doesn’t count because she supported the arts. My point is that from the 14th century into the 16th (and up to the 18th in parts of Europe) artists dominated world thinking and the human race made more progress than it had in the 1000+ years before. Rulers and Kings routinely kept composers, playwrights and painters in their courts, and the notions of philosophers, scientist/artists (for science was more about imagination than rigorous study it is today), led the thinking of the European powers. The power of the people was in the arts.

Think of that the next time you think something you paint, write, compose, perform or photograph doesn’t matter.

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No matter what creative art form you choose, that mystical process in your head will be exploring the question of what subject to paint, photograph, or write about.

Technique is your calling card, but subject is the soul of an artist. Why you choose what you choose as the central focus of a painting, a novel or short story, a film or a photograph, and even a song, delves deep into the gray matter that makes each artist unique. It’s where you tap into the full blueprint of your experience via your individual emotional wiring to deliver your personal statement to the world.

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No matter what your outlet is, you can only work creatively in small bursts. Forcing yourself to write for hours, or to paint all day, or to write a song when it’s just not coming is not only frustrating, it’s COUNTER-CREATIVE. Your juicy little mind needs a time out now and again to be able to do what it does automatically. The river in your brain will naturally take you to where ideas are most fertile. But to do this, you have to stop paddling the canoe.

Stirring Adirondack panorama by Carl Heilman, II, taken from his canoe. Go to http://www.CarlHeilman.com for more.

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